While we’re waiting on the permit application process, here’s a little peek at material finishes that are going into our new home. Starting at the bottom, here are the floors. This is a vinyl wood plank product that looks very much like wood but is water proof and not at all expensive.
According to our research, this type of flooring seems to be taking over the market for these reasons. This is Silver Bay Oak – a little distressed, a little barn boardish, warm wood with ashy overtones.
The countertop for our Studio work space is a laminate called Cinder Slate – a warm charcoal colour with copper, silver and bronze veining.
I used to be a real snob about laminate counters, but like many materials, they’ve really come far. These new laminates look like the real deal, but at a fraction of the cost. Of course they aren’t the real deal and one can tell on close inspection, but since they look so darned good, everyone’s delighted with the fact that they’re laminate and look so good!
The colour of the upper cabinets, the pantry and the detailing around the refrigerator will be Classic Grey (this colour, not this style).
The lower cabinets and the Living Room built-in shelves and media center will be this Espresso colour – very dark brown with a lot of black patina over top.
The Kitchen countertop will be my long time favourite, Tuscan Travertine. Laminate for cost savings, of course. Again, this is a beautiful, realistic and textured product. Coincidentally, we have this in the Light Lab at work where we receive endless compliments on it.
The Bathroom and Powder Room cabinets will be Wolf Grey with Veto Proof countertops. They look like sandstone. It doesn’t look it in these two photos, but in real life, this cabinet colour and laminate are dynamite together.
with this lovely grey around the windows with Iron Ore batten siding and a black metal roof. We had wanted metal siding, but we were able to save about $14,000 by opting for a vinyl product that looks very close to the real deal.