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Brand new house, need ideas!

Corie IvesDecember 13, 2012
Hi Everyone, My husband and I building a brand new house, and I am looking for ideas on colors, layouts any tips or advice you might have. We have a 10yr old girl, 2.5 girl, and potential 3rd :) No pets. I am into greys and whites! We are very family orientated. The 10yr old will have a HUGE room in the basement w/ walk in closet. Large rec-room basically running from one end of the house to the other! I adjusted the layout of the kitchen slightly, the sink is not in the island its along one of the walls!
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Artful Design Interiors
When I hear people say "grey", I have found it includes greyed version of other colors or neutrals. Neutrals make such a rich, elegant palette. Find the flooring that works for your family and the color cabinets you like and from there choose your paint from the hundreds of rich neutrals out there. Stay away from a lot of blue gray, as it make a room cold-looking.

If you are going to use area rugs and have seen some that you love, that should be what you build off of in a room, because that is where you have the least choices.

When choosing lighting, determine what is going to take place where and select task lighting that provides ample light. Ceiling lighting - recessed, rail, cable, etc. gets placed after you determine your furniture layout.

Are you putting the cooktop or range in the island?
1 Like    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 11:43AM
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Congratulations! We just moved into a new house we designed and built a few months ago. It is going to be both fun and stressful for you. Are you going to have attic space for storage? If so, the absolute, best thing we installed in the house is an attic lift. Basically, a small elevator to take stuff up to the attic. The attic access door is somewhere else and you go that way to unload the lift, but it beats the heck out of trying to lug heavy boxes up that narrow ladder.
My next tip is to pick out what you want in paint, light fixtures, flooring, doors, etc early so you have time to think about it. Your contractor will come up about a week before they are needed and tell you then you need to pick it out. I hate being rushed especially on those big decisions, so give yourself time to make sure of what you want. Always pick a second option just in case what you want is discontinued or sold out. Get a list of the things you will need to make decisions on from the builder because there will be stuff you haven't even thought about.
Lastly, have fun with it!
2 Likes    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 11:48AM
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Corie Ives
We like warm rich neutrals for sure! I don't think we will do hardwoods for now, with kids... someday! The island will have nothing on it... just a prep area/sitting... Thank you for your thoughts so far, it is soooo much to try and decide! I am leaning towards off white/cream coloured cabinets... and perhaps a darker cabinet for the island to offer some POP! Should we have the same cabinets in our bathrooms? Same counter top in kitchen and bath as well? Thanks again!
    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 11:51AM
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Something always bothers me about a house that has the entire garage "Stuck on" the front, especially with a front load garage doors. All I see is roll up door giving the whole house a self storage facility feel. Is this the only solution that the designer could come up with?
    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 11:51AM
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Artful Design Interiors
I can't say I like the look of different countertops all over the house. If you are going with granite or quartz, I would find out if grouping them together allows you to buy fewer slabs and save money.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 12:15PM
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All Inclusive Home Remodeling
I agree about the garage door, my only suggestion would be wood and laminate flooring
the laminates have come along way over the years and are eco friendly,carpet is just out and I believe it will not return either. lately i have been running the good quality 7-12mm in the entire house and adding nice rugs, looks better, no allergens, pet friendly also. Congrats on the new home its a beauty!!
    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 12:21PM
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Corie Ives
Thanks everyone! I appreciate the time and info you took to reply! Unfortunately the garage like that is stuck there... its quite common where we live to see this!
    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 6:46PM
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These style brick houses are common here in the newer suburbs of Australia also. Ask your stone mason for the pieces that he cuts out of the stone slabs in the kitchen etc, these left overs can have the edges neatened and used as chopping boards! I also think that keeping the same stone on all benches is a great idea. Looks great and well thought out. It will be a lovely home!
1 Like    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 7:50PM
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I am building a house too, I am using Karndean Classic Oak vinyl plank put though out the entire home. It is a very top quality vinyl product and I can't wait for the house to get finished. It is very kid friendly. I have a 9 y/o and 12 month old.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 8:02PM
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Also, I gave up matching granite ( bathrooms are remnants) and a separate shower for foam insulation and I am so happy with the foam. I can't recommend it enough.
    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 8:05PM
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Corie Ives
Do you happen to have any pictures of your flooring? If I go cream cabinets what is everyone's suggestions for flooring color and counter top color? Thanks!
    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 10:17PM
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Corie, it is being installed Dec 26th, go to Karndean.com and look for USA (they are international company) look up Van Gogh Classic Oak, look it up the room visualizer. It is rustic but not too rustic and a great medium color. Also it has more of a matte finish so it will not how up near the dust and stuff as a glossy finish. It is very thick and durable. Don't do cheap vinyl. It will scratch. The Karndean you can run a key across it and it does not scratch. As soon as it is installed (and I learn how to post pics), I will post pics of my floors, cabinets, granite, backsplash, etc. Building a home (my first has been very stressful) but I am getting closer to the end. Wish you the very best. Sunday Wilson
    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 5:21AM
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Ok, floor is installed!, Here is a pic of it right after installed, the house is still not completed. But I love the floors. The floors appear darker in the picture. Karndean Van Gogh "Classic Oak" 7inches wide and 48 inches long.
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 11:58AM
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Here's an article you might enjoy, congrats on the new house,

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 12:05PM
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Corie Ives
Flooring looks great! Thanks again for sharing!
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 5:17PM
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Nebraska Furniture Mart Clive IA - Chris Friest
Corie, look at my "Idea Book" titled Mertz. Very similar to your situation. They are a younger couple with a young child. The house isnt quite finished but the colors and textures are coming along great. DO NOT be scared of wood floors, even with a young child. Look into hand scraped wood floors. That way if they get dinged, dented, scratched, etc you can simply go over the eye sore with a cloth and some Old English wood polish and it looks like it was meant to be there.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 5:43PM
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Dustin Parker
Hey Corie, I'm Kara Parker (Duecks) brother, you may remember me. I work for Krevco Lifestyles and specialize in supply/design/and builds of fireplaces and their surrounds. I also can supply many of the items used in new home construction, from cultured stone, to bathroom products and so on...drop me a line if you think I can help you. (Dustin Parker)
    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 9:53AM
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Corie Ives
Hey Dustin thanks, Nice to hear from you! We opted out on the fireplace, can't afford it right now! :( totally bummed about it...We will be looking for back splash for the kitchen tho! :)
    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 3:14PM
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