I thought this was a done deal until I added up the costs of it - about $2500 with the granite. This is currently built into my price. While It's nice and all having an island with matching counters and storage (3 drawers and cabinets below), I just don't see how it justifies that expense. The back and sides were thin 1/4" MDF and had a pretty cheap, flexible feeling to them.
I cook a lot and make huge messes so the island is key for me. But should I go with their island?
Pros: matching granite, matching cabinets, electrical outlet on side, cost rolled into mortgage (not out of pocket), drawers and cabinets underneath.
Cons: it's effing expensive for what it is - simple cabinets with a 10 sq ft piece of granite @ about $80 per sq ft, ho-hum look and feel.
Solid butcher block table with drawers (48" x 36")
Cost: $1200, Savings: $1,280
Cost: $900, Savings: 1,580
Dakota Mahogany vs. Uba Tuba
For my plan it's about $1000 to go from level 1 granite to level 2 granite. I wasn't questioning my decision to go w/ Dakota Mahogany until I calculated this out. The sales rep pulled the old "which granite do you like? - I'm not going to tell you that one costs exactly one thousand dollars more than the other". Oldest trick in the book.
I really like the Dakota Mahogany and think it matches really well with the darker maple cabinets that I'm going with but I'm having a hard time justifying the cost when Uba Tuba seems ok too...
Again - this is already rolled into my price but could the solid grand be better used elsewhere?
Odds and ends:
Raised vanities in bathrooms - I currently have this in the master but should I go ahead and add it to the other two full baths? I feel odd in a bathroom with the standard height counters - it this a common upgrade that you all have made?
Comfort height toilets - I currently have 2 of 4 toilets upgraded to comfort height - thinking about just making them all comfort height. It really is comfortable.
Carpet pad - I currently have the first level upgrade - should I just max it out for the upstairs carpet pad?
By the way - there's no better way to take your mind off of stressful decisions than an amazing and exhausting bike ride in one of the most beautiful places in North Carolina:
I <3 NC - born and raised...
I will leave you with a few pics of a model Hepburn that I found online (my kitchen and master will be 4 ft longer :)