To help others - Things I would do different and things i love!
Feel free to add more to help others. I completed my home in December 09 and now that i have lived here a while there are things i love and things i would do different so i'm going to start a list to hopefully help other people!!
Things for a new house-
Light Countertops (silestone is maintance free)- I looove my light countertops more than my dark ones- they dont show marks and streaks-- so beautiful (we have corian, granite, silestone, ceasarstone and granite)-- dont recco corian- scratches easy, love my light colored granite and my silestone!)
Dark tile floors or light tiles with veining and use dark grout (or if its beige just use the darkest beige-to hide dirt etc) Love my textured tiles that hide every crumb- they have some veining so it really hides the dark dog hair and kids messes. Do not use textured tiles in the kitchen as cleanign them will be difficult- someone told me that once so i went with a veined looking tile that looked textured but if you rub your hand across its actually smooth- making it a simple thing to clean!!
Light wood floors- or wood floors that are oak with graining to hide dents (NOT SHINY)== shiny + maple = Lots of maintance! lol-- the darker the floor- the more you will see dust.
Thick Carpet- stain resistant! very important to get good padding and i love our mohawk stain resistant carpet- worth the extra $$
Use only Tile flooring in bathrooms (not wood)-- we did use wood in the powder room ... and it always shows the drips of water etc... tile would have been much more low maintance.
Master Bathroom- should have an 8 inch spread if possible
Put hand showers on sliding bars in all bathroom showers- makes it so much easier to wash down the shower!
Stainless steel- if you go with the trend get a good cleaner- I love claires spray on- works like a charm
These are the few i came up with- feel free to add more to help others. Hope this helps. I have kids and a dog- wish someone had shared this with me!!