From Cabinets to Tiling 

Hi everyone and Happy New Years!!

We had our granite appointment in Sterling, VA right after Christmas to pick out our counter tops. Here are some pics….

Granite slab for outdoor kitchen
Granite slab for the kitchen counters
Granite slab for the master bathroom

We went with upgraded granite in our kitchen and master bath & were told that we are the first to get these in the Estates #trendsetters lol. We also got the Brown Fantasy granite for our outdoor living area but with a rough finish, it is  identical to our kitchen granite.

Our cabinets are in now too!!  We love how the cabinets look!!  Going from only seeing a small sample at the design studio to this was a huge relief to know we envisioned what we wanted correctly 😂😂. Would have been bad if it didn’t turn out the way we wanted.

Butlers pantry in the dining room
A look into part of the kitchen
A closer look at the kitchen island in stone gray

Our house was painted…..with the wrong color….but our construction and project managers are aware and it’ll be repainted the correct color (“City Loft” by Sherwin Williams) soon (Rod was on the job AGAIN! lol). Our front porch steps were completed but there’s red brick vs the lighter brick we were anticipating 😬. They are also working on fixing this for us.  We found out there is a different manufacturer for the color pavers we need.  Rod had a meeting with them to address all of our concerns and they are very receptive and amenable to change 😁. They get an A+ in the customer service area.

😲 Someone installed some pavers that don’t quite look right

Tiling started on Friday, 1/5/17, & they were also there today doing more tiling.  Everything is looking like we envisioned!! 😁😁😁

Master bath shower tile with stone accents
A look at the white water marble falls tile in the foyer 👌🏽
Standard bathroom tile, but installed on a diagonal

A few things happening over the next 2 weeks based on our weekly call with Toll Brothers:

  1. Stone has arrived for our fireplace, but will be installed after the tiling is complete.
  2. The walls will be repainted with the correct color.
  3. Underground work to connect the gas and electric lines from the street to the house – this was hindered by freezing weather but the weather should improve next week.
  4. Start final grading to prepare for Toll Landscape.

Once the gas and electric is hooked up, they can put in the hardwood flooring and start correcting all the little things that may have happened along the way.

Again, feel free to provide feedback or ask any questions you may have about the process. Until the next time!!
Rod & Maggie

7 thoughts on “From Cabinets to Tiling 

  1. Hi Rod and Maggie,

    Congrats on building your dream home! How exciting! My fiancé and I are building at Weatherstone and I have appreciated following along with your process. Question for you…how much is it for your independent inspector? Seems like you have found it work getting one. Also, are you using Clearwater Landscaping?

    Appreciate your feedback,

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    1. Good morning Carolyn. I must say we absolutely LOVE the model out at Weatherstone. We drove all the way out there just to see it and may come again to take more pics of the foyer walls (may end up doing a similar project after closing).

      So to answer your question, Jacques at charged us $900 for the pre-dry wall inspection ($350) and the final inspection ($550) before the final walkthru before closing. It is really a great thing to get for peace of mind.

      As far as landscaping, we have to use toll landscaping for anything done prior to closing. We are not doing our actual decks with them as the prices were a little higher than the market, but doing the paver patio with fireplace and grill because they were very competitive.

      Glad we are able to assist and please don’t hesitate to comment and/or ask anything else you need to know. Stay warm!!



      1. Thank you so much Rod! Very helpful. We are so excited, I am sure you both know the feeling! Your blog is terrific…thank you for taking the time to create it and share your experience.

        All the best,

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  2. Good evening,
    Have a few questions listed below.
    1. Glass inserts in pantry and office doors. (Like in Duke Model) What were the associated costs? Seem as if our sales rep has taken two weeks to get pricing to no prevails.
    2. Outside patio with Toll Brothers, did you feel the pricing was like-minded to completing afterward.
    3. Contemporary trim package. (Where you all told there is not a matching trim for the shadow boxing on the new trim package. Do you think with the contemporary package is warranted for shadowboxing as well?
    4. Bronze hardware chosen at the model. Doesn’t include bathroom tub & sink hardware finishes. Did you upgrade or just keep the brushed nickel.
    5. Drop down ceiling fan in family room with light kit, 1,000 upgrade according to the design center. Do you think it’s worth it?
    6. Toll Landscape, what your take? I’m having second thoughts about upgrading our Landscape package.

    Have a great weekend and thank you for time.


    1. 1. Glass inserts for us were $500 per insert. We had 2 in the kitchen and 2 in dining room. It may be custom in office. Anything we had custom (butlers pantry, kitchen island, sliding doors, etc) took a while to get prices and approvals. Just make sure you document ALL conversations.
      2. We did the paver patio with Toll Brothers as they were competitive to others, plus we didn’t want to tear up our ground after. Decided to do decks with someone else after closing because Toll was well over everyone else.
      3. No contemporary shadow boxes for the contemporary trim pkg as of this time. Do I think it should have one? Of course.. I think we got caught in a transition phase with Toll Brothers. I’m getting quotes on doing something after closing similar to the model in Weatherstone.
      4. You talking knobs (hardware) or faucets? For knobs if you chose level 1,2 or standard it should be entire house. For faucets, each room is it’s own selection. We added bronze alteo upgrades in the powder room, master bath and bronze in kitchen.
      5. We did not get drop down fan because I’m getting a haiku fan that’ll integrate with our smart home. Depends on type of fan I guess if it’s worth it to you. Hard for me to answer.
      6. I would go with the free package and upgrade on your own. Was told it’s a tad expensive.


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