So far, I’ve shared the lot we chose and why. Next, I shared why we chose the plan that we chose, and also shared pics of a home of the same layout that we viewed and told you about the changes we made.
Today, I’m sharing pics of our actual home so you can see how it turned out.
Here is how the exterior turned out once they installed the block fence and gates.
From another angle you can see a little more of the fence itself, as well as our baby and adult Saguaros (tall cactus that only grows in this part of the world).
The fence looks great, but they still have to redo a small section due to it covering an exterior access panel, do some grading near a section so that water can escape the yard and paint it, and stain the gates. So it’s not done yet!
Then, we will also add privacy panels on one side of the house due to the elevations of the lots. This will give us real privacy from that neighbor.
Let’s step inside. Here is how the kitchen turned out. If you recall, though we kept a similar look and color scheme, we changed out countertops, backsplash, flooring, crown molding on the cabinets, added wainscoting to the outside of the island, and also (which you will see in other pics) adding our own lighting.
Here is the actual quartzite slab (one of 4) that we used in our home. Quartzite, unlike quartz, is a natural stone. It is about as durable as granite and is priced at the higher end of granite.
Here we are holding the sample up to it to double check that it’s accurate. That way we could see how it will look in the space before we actually committed.
Below is the chandelier that we added in the breakfast room that is adjacent to the kitchen. The plastic is still on it at the moment.
We chose this light because the space needed more feminine elements. All of the hard stone and wood surfaces are very masculine. In design, it’s important to balance the two. The shade and crystals add a feminine touch.
We requested that three electric boxes be added to the ceiling for island lights. However, once we got the large glass pendant lights hung (from West Elm), we did not feel the three were adequately balanced in the space. It’s hard to see in the pic from this angle, but in real life, either we needed a fourth which would likely still be unbalanced because each side of the island is a different length or we just needed two for the longer side where the seating is.
You can see we are currently using (and may keep) the stools that went with our pub table from our previous home. The stools and table used to live in our game room.
We chose just two once we eyeballed it without the globe on the third one.
I actually forgot to take a photo after we took the third one completely down, so use your imagination some. But, you can also see our chosen finishes here.
Subway tile backsplash, quartzite countertops, wood look tile plank flooring, wainscoting on the island, larger crown molding on the cabinets…
It’s a good thing we did it this way, too, because one light came broken!
Below is a pic of the breakfast nook area.
Keep in mind that we did not bring much furniture from Austin. We had a huge estate sale before moving and sold nearly all of our furniture before heading to Phoenix. However, these faux bamboo chairs are one of the few things we kept. They were in our breakfast room in our last house. Why did we keep these out of all things? They are hard to find, can get expensive and look great in most spaces!
To be transparent, it’s crazy around here right now. I desperately needed a spot to place my computer on, so I threw in the pub table temporarily while we find an actual table for the space. Then, we will probably sell the pub table. But, since we had it on hand, I figured we could use it for now.
Here is how crazy that looks! I use it as a standing desk.
Told you, things are still crazy around here. What? What’s that blue tape for?
I always advise clients to take off their floor space with furniture dimensions before purchasing. This is a great way to double check scale and make sure it will indeed fit. A very common decorating mistake is bringing home furniture (sometimes that you can’t return) that doesn’t fit right.
So that is what we did in our family room. We have a sectional ordered for in there and we are watching for the just-right chair. Later we will add a rug, coffee table, end table, lamps, curtains and so on. I like to start with the big pieces. I don’t have an exact plan for this space, but I do have a general idea in my mind.
As you can see, we also kept our old TV stand. And, our first purchase for this house was the large “Pixar” floor lamp. Of all things. We found it on clearance at World Market and picked it up just before closing.
At the moment, we are considering these fabrics. We ordered the sectional from Bassett Furniture in the charcoal gray/ smoke color. We have pillows in the blue print and Bassett pillows in the gold coming with the sofa. I am going to see what I think with this and some raspberry. But, I might use these pillows in the master bedroom instead in the end. We’ll see!
Either way, we will definitely keep some of the navy from our last home. I still love it!
We decided on this sectional (below) for two main reasons. Though it wasn’t the shape I wanted ideally, it was super comfy and priced very well! In addition, the color was nice.
Now we will look back towards the entry from the kitchen/ family room area.
Another change we made was the front door. This is the front door that we chose instead of the builder’s standard. We felt it gave the house a little more character and dimension.
From there we can see the dining room. Right now, we have a chandelier hung in there. And, we actually also have the floor taped off for the dining table. We are having one built just like the dining table in our last home. We lvoed it. We sold it and it’s good that we did because it was about 17 inches too long to fit in this dining room.
We paired a masculine entry light(s) with a feminine dining light. They are near enough each other that it is important they work together visually.
From here, let’s take a peek into the three bathrooms briefly. I do not have a wide enough angled lens to be able to get nearly the whole room in one shot. This is always difficult in small spaces.
First, here is the master bath, or part of it.
You can see the quartzite countertops and the subway tile, as well as the flooring that is throughout the entire house.
Then, here is the Jack and Jill bath (between two bedrooms).
And a hall bathroom. We clearly kept the same finishes throughout the house.
Things such as consistent flooring throughout can make a space feel larger because to the eye it doesn’t stop… it keeps going.
And, here is the laundry room, before we got our washer and dryer in.
And, a view outside.
Hope you enjoyed the tour of our house. We are making do on the floor and such until we are able to slowly find furniture that we love and buy it. It will be a long process, though, I’m sure.
We are loving our new home!
The light and bright color scheme is new again for us. We haven’t had white cabinets and gray walls since our condo in Salt Lake City which was about 10 years ago! But, I’m loving it. It feels so clean and cheerful.
Would you ever go white and gray? It’s pretty hot right now.
We are looking forward to decorating as we can. To see how this compares to the bulder’s standard version of this floor plan, visit yeterday’s post.