Sunday, June 7, 2009

Appointment Excitement

With my first design appointment only mere days away, I am anxiously preparing my list of structural upgrades for the new pad. As my unit is a village townhome, there are limited structural upgrades I can make i.e no 9-ft ceilings for me!

So for this first appointment, I am looking at the following standards:

Standard doors and windows

Standard carpet grade stairs

Standard shower head and faucet in the main bathroom

Standard fixtures in powder room

Standard oak railings - to eventually match oak hardwood floors

I will be investing in the following upgrades:

Shut off valves to sinks - very handy in case of repair or replacement in the future

Addition of 1 cable outlet - house comes with 3 phone and 2 cable

Outlet upgrade to accommodate future ceiling fan with light - I'm getting this for both the bedrooms

Home security system

Potlights for the breakfast bar - I originally thought 3 here but after seeing pictures of a finished home identical to mine, I've decided to go with only 2

Upgrade my kitchen hood fan to black to match my appliances

Rough in for central air - doing this now as when I get my A/C post-move in there will be less structural demolition that needs to be done by the installer

I am currently on the fence about ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) or air exchanger as well as a shelf for the microwave in the kitchen. As I am short, I am opting to NOT upgrade to an OTR microwave. It just doesn't make sense for me.

I know the list isn't long but I'm saving myself for the oh-so-important second design appointment which will involve cabinets, flooring, countertops, backsplash, paint, trim, moulding, hardware - all the fun stuff!


  1. Do you know the cost of the sink shut-offs? Tamarack apparently used to charge $40, but now it seems that they don't even want to do this anymore.

  2. Hi Darcy / Carole,

    According to my design booklet, Mattamy charges $44.

  3. Shannon, Things look great. Good call on the A/C. Kelly

  4. Ah, thanks! Good to know that Mattamy is still offering the upgrade. I'll keep hassling Tamarack until they agree. It seems so silly to get so much resistance on such a logical upgrade!

    Good luck with your design centre appointments!