I've been working on this post for a long time, but I wanted to have all the details nailed down before listing things. As it is there's still one thing we're waiting on but I got tired of holding on to this post...it was pretty much finished on Saturday.
We're building a Rome, Elevation E, with side entry garage, per plan (not reversed). As far as I can discover this exact format hasn't been blogged about yet, so here is the brochure drawing:
We are doing all siding in Irish Thistle, with Island Pearl as the accent shake siding in the upper middle. Shutters and Doors will be Black; trim, garage door, and gutters will be white. We have brick to grade in our community and we picked Grand Caramel, but I don't have a picture of that. Apparently our roof color is Weathered Wood, whatever that means. Here is my artistic rendering of what our house will look like:
Obviously that's not going to be EXACT, but it's roughly what it'll look like on the outside. Only more three-dimensional.
Inside is pretty standard for the Rome...elevation E does have extra square footage in the loft (2 foot bump) and bedroom four (1 foot bump). We upgraded the master bath to the shower stall with a bench and put jets in the tub, and did the double-bowl vanity in both bathrooms.
Non-standards: raised the dryer vent three feet above plan (no charge), centered the laundry room door on the wall (on the version we first saw it was centered, but the version when we signed had it all the way on the end - $200)
We got the gourmet island, 42" cabinets, morning room, extra windows in morning room and family room, recessed lights in the kitchen (plus a couple extra for pendants down the road), double-patio door on morning room (instead of slider), 12x14 wood deck (not pictured because I'm not sure what it'll look like).
Non-standards: put a single oven in the island (more on this in another post - $2250), removed mudroom closet ($200), put the laundry tub in the garage (apparently we can no longer get it in the laundry room for some reason, so no charge beyond the cost of the tub itself), extra coach light outside garage (standard is we only get one on one side, $300). We're getting the gas range, so we also have the alternate microwave location, which is fine with me because I don't really want it above the range anyways. Here's the alternate location for the Rome (this is a home we walked through when deciding our floor plan...I think that might be our cabinet choice, too):
We got a finished basement as part of our incentive package (along with $7500 towards upgrades), and put in a powder room and recessed lights. Since we have a walkout, we don't have to have a sump pump, apparently. Basement:
Non-standard: moved walkout door from the side of the morning room to the back (no charge).
Manchester Gunstock hardwood flooring (base level hardwood)
2nd level carpet (beige pictured, but I might be changing the upstairs to a light gray)
6lb carpet pad
base level vinyl
upgraded master bath tile (not sure what level...2 or 3, I think)
Blue Storm laminate countertops
Wyoming Cherry Bordeaux cabinets (bathrooms will have the basic maple spice)
oil-rubbed bronze everything (the only metal thing not ORB should be the kitchen sink)
We're getting ethernet ports put in 4 rooms, wiring for surround sound in the basement (this is what we're waiting on...they didn't include it in our original quote, so we're having to jump through hoops to get pricing), and a central vacuum. The low-voltage appointment (we don't have Guardian here) was actually the easiest out of all the appointments we've had yet, but the follow-up has been disappointing. Flooring wasn't all that hard either since we pretty much stuck to what we'd budgeted for, but it did take a while to nail down colors and such.
I THINK that's everything...let me know if I left something out. :)