So while I sit here and fume over more delays I'm keeping myself optimistic by admiring the finishes we've chosen.
Our home is being built in brand-new community in our area by a building company, so the builders gave us all the choices to pick from. We are not making any upgrades and went with the "standard finishes" they offer. In all honesty, I liked having fewer choices and I really like everything we're putting in, although I would have loved to have white cabinets, which were an upgrade.
This is what an idea of what the layout of the kitchen will look like. This photo is one I took of the model this summer during the grand opening -- hence all the juice on the island. The pantry is on the wall on the other side of the island. Call me a dork, but I have already been planning out in my head where I'll keep spices / coffee mugs / sippy cups etc.
Seeing the models before we picked our finishes was really nice. Some of the buyers had to pick theirs before the models opened, and I can't imagine making those decisions without seeing the layout first hand. The sales office was super accommodating too and let us in to see another almost complete home so we could see what some of the standard choices looked like in person.
Our home also comes standard with the range / stove / hood pictured, a dishwasher (in the island) and the microwave / oven in the cabinets. We'll have to buy our own refrigerator and washer / dryers. We're 99% sure we're going to go with a french door style refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom. We have to work around the space they left for the fridge.
If you have a fridge or washer / dryer you love I'd love to hear about it because picking them seems daunting!
I don't have any photos of the carpet we chose, but it's a basic cream-ish color.
We made all of our choices months ago, and the good news is I'm not regretting any of them after making the final decisions. I can't wait to see it all come together once it's finished. I drive by about once a week to see if they've made any progress, because it feels like it's taking forever, and last time they had finally installed all of the windows.
There are a bunch of things we have on our list to buy for the house from the things we will really need to buy and of course the things we just really really want.
Thanks for sticking around to read me blabber on about all of this. As you can probably tell, I'm really excited!