From what I've seen, this is one of the most viewed posts for new home builders like myself. I think that's because a lot of us are VISUAL people... we tend to like to see things with our eyes. The complexities of trying to put together a unique, combined scheme of cabinet colors, counter-tops, and flooring are astronomical. That's because there are so many combinations - and most of us want a combined look that is truly unique! So, as a visual species, we naturally search out possibilities on the web to view examples of what other people have done, so that we can pull the elements we like the best from those examples to put together in our minds what we LIKE, and what we DON'T LIKE. It's a process of visual construction aided by the process of elimination.
Our Flooring Selections
First, let me explain how flooring through Ryan Homes works (and I can only speak for the Milan model but I would bet it's all the same).
You have 4 types of flooring: carpet, vinyl, hardwood, and ceramic tile. The house is divided into zones (typically by rooms). The zones determine what type of flooring you can put in. For example, all "wet" zones (kitchen, bathrooms, etc.) must have a water-resilient type of flooring (basically, not carpet... but hardwood, strangely enough, is allowed).
Obviously... when you select carpet, you also select to have padding installed.
Basically, on the first floor, you can have anywhere from 8 to 10 "zones." For us, we had 9 - the foyer, the hall, the study, the dining room, the family room, the kitchen, the morning room, the family entry, and the powder room. What Ryan Homes did not make clear to us (until the day we had this appointment), was that, if you're doing carpet, any "connected" carpet-supporting rooms (not "wet" rooms) that aren't isolated by a structure (e.g. a wall or a door) MUST share the same carpet and padding. So, for us, this meant that our dining room, first floor hall, and family room all have to have matching carpeting/padding. Same rule applies for the kitchen and morning room ("connected," "wet" zones when selecting water-resilient flooring). Not a huge deal, I just wish that would've been clear from the start.
The first floor is the only floor you can specify flooring types by zone (with some exception). The basement, second floor, and attic, are one-for-all deals. Basically, whatever you select is what they apply to the whole floor (the exception being any "wet" zones or "storage" areas). In addition, basement flooring dictates first-floor-to-basement staircase flooring, and second-floor flooring dictates first-to-second floor staircase flooring, and attic dictates the second-to-attic staircase flooring.
Flooring (regardless of type) and carpet padding, like anything else in a Ryan Home, has a base (which is included in your house's base pricing), and then several levels of upgrades which get more expensive as you go up the chain.
Based on our experience, here is what is included in base pricing:
- Builder-grade carpet (basically what you would find in a modest apartment) for "non-wet" zones - 5 year warranty
- 5 lb. padding (which provides little support and will degrade quickly in high-traffic areas) in carpeted areas - 5 year warranty
- Vinyl flooring (basically linoleum) in "wet" zones - 5 year warranty
Now onto what we selected (with pricing as always) :)
For this next part, note the standard warranty on any base flooring is 5 years. I'll note where this is different if applicable.
- Powder Room: Vinyl - "Initiator 66205" (base / $0)
- Dining Room: Carpet - "Graystone/701 Northern Cliffs" (level 1 upgrade / $100), Padding - 8 lb. (level 1 upgrade / $75) (10 year warranty, carpet and pad)
- Family Entry: Hardwood - "3 1/4" Oak/Cherry" (level 2 upgrade / $500)
- Family Room: Carpet - "Graystone/701 Northern Cliffs" (level 1 upgrade / $225), Padding - 8 lb. (level 1 upgrade / $175) (10 year warranty, carpet and pad)
- Foyer: Hardwood - "2 1/4" Oak/Cherry" (level 1 upgrade / $595)
- Hall - Carpet - "Graystone/701 Northern Cliffs" (level 1 upgrade / $25), Padding - 8 lb. (level 1 upgrade / $50) (10 year warranty, carpet and pad)
- Kitchen: Hardwood - "3 1/4" Oak/Cherry" (level 2 upgrade / $2195)
- Morning Room: Hardwood - "3 1/4" Oak/Cherry" (level 2 upgrade / $1495)
- Study: Carpet - "Graystone/701 Northern Cliffs" (level 1 upgrade / $100), Padding - 5 lb. (base / $0) (10 year warranty, carpet)
- Carpeted throughout (including stairs), sans "wet" zones: Carpet - "Graystone/701 Northern Cliffs" (level 1 upgrade / $995), Padding - 8 lb. (level 1 upgrade / $795) (10 year warranty, carpet and pad)
- Bathrooms and Laundry Room: Vinyl - "Initiator 66205" (base / $0)
Pictures, pictures, pictures...
|We ended up with this - "cherry bordeaux" kitchen cabinets, "3 1/4" oak/cherry" hardwood (level 2 upgrade), "Northern Cliffs" level 2 upgraded carpet, "black cherry" stair railing, "Santa Cecilia" granite counter-tops, basement carpet same as above.|
|BUT.... we may change back to the "Fawn's Leap" level 1 upgraded carpet for a "less gold" look... what do you all think???|
All in all, we came out slightly over-budgeted, which is okay because we made up for the overage in other areas of the home (we came out under-budget w/ our low-voltage selections w/ Guardian).
TOTAL SPENT ON FLOORING = $7,325