Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Fun Stuff

If you've seen me in the last month, you've heard me say the house is behind schedule.  Shocking!  It will be amazing when it's finished, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't frustrated and over it.  With that said, it's getting closer to being done and we're making some fun choices now with regard to the counter tops, tile, fixtures, etc.  We looked at a lot of options for our kitchen and bathroom - granite, quartz, marble.  We finally settled on Fantasy Brown quartzite for the kitchen and we're still trying to decide what to use in the master bath, but we've narrowed it down to a couple of quartz and marble selections.  The kitchen needs 94 square feet of counters, but the bathroom is only about 14 square feet.  We searched and searched and finally found a couple of fabricators that offer quartz and marble remnants and marble by the foot instead of by the slab, so that opened up our options a little more.  

Here's the Fantasy Brown quartzite:

We're doing a simple glass subway tile backsplash in a light gray, laid horizontally and a herringbone accent piece with the same tile over the cooktop.

In the master bath, we've selected the tile:
The stria 12x24 tile will be laid staggered on the floor, tub deck and vertically in the shower.  The hexagonal tile will be used as a tub backsplash, on the shower floor and in the recessed shampoo/soap cubbies in the shower.  We'll use a glass tile in that shade of blue shown in the subway tile - but the glass tiles we're using are 1x6 and we'll lay 6" of that tile about halfway up the shower to break up the larger tile and add some color and interest.  We want to keep the counters simple because there is a lot going on in the tile but we don't want to be to monochromatic.  I think we found something we like today, but we need to see it again to make sure. 

Here are a couple more pictures of the house from this past weekend.  This is just the kitchen - I'll share more from the other rooms and addition soon!

My new kitchen!  It's a horseshoe shape and will have a 5-foot square island in the center.

The view from the kitchen sink.  Not bad!

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