For example, we bought our own kitchen refrigerator rather than going with the ones offered. We opted for a "counter depth" refrigerator because I was not too thrilled with the idea of a fridge sticking out into the kitchen too far and to avoid the claustrophobic feeling (that I got) when opening the last cabinet by the wall. Here is what we ended up with and I am very happy with our choice!
It is still a tight squeeze getting into that last cabinet, but thanks to Gina (a fellow Rome owner/blogger), we asked our PM to switch the door so that it opens away from the wall... otherwise you couldn't slide out the drawer inside.
Here are some other things we have changed so far.
We installed a new kitchen faucet -- at our last Ryan Home we paid for an upgraded faucet but we decided to save a little money and do it ourselves this time. (the smaller photo is the BEFORE)
|We have installed a ceiling fan in the morning room|
On the kids side of the basement I decided to put the boys names on the wall. I did this in our old house with paint once we finished our basement, but since we are not finishing this basement too soon, I just put their names on the wall with duct tape.... not as nice, but will serve the same purpose and make them both smile.
|The new duct tape version -- just temporary and goes with the more "unfinished" look/decor.|
|The old version in our old house.|
Our next project is our dining room - we plan to paint my grandmother's furniture, do some wainscoting, and replace the chandelier. Here is a before picture... not sure when I will have an "after" picture, but the chairs are being painted as I type this NOW. Yea!
Another project will be to figure out what to do for our deck. We have some ideas but nothing planned just yet. Although anything will be better than our current "deck". ha ha.