Our First Home - Choosing Granite! HELP!
Hey everyone, my fiancee and I just purchased our first home. We're found a floor plan that fit for us and we're having it built. We went to the developer's "design studio" on Friday...and oh boy, what a nightmare..thats a topic for another time though. We were presented with tons of choices for upgrades on lights, fixtures, flooring, and kitchen.
Just to give you some brief background to help understand my post,my fiancee wants granite with an under mount sink, and seeing as though thats not a project I want to tackle down the road (since this is our first home), I decided we would just upgrade it from the design studio. Now they offered three different types of "levels" for granite, the first at $2520, level 2 at $3024, and level 3 at $3830. Our cabinets are an espresso (dark dark brown, almost black), and so we were looking at getting a diagonal tumbled marble back splash. Since the cabinets are so dark, and the tumbled marble back splash is a "mocha" color, I'm having a tough time envisioning the "White Tiger" granite choice we chose as a whole countertop. My biggest fear is the back splash, cabinets, and counters just won't "flow". I want our kitchen to look good, and since this is our first home I figured i'd upload the picture and get some peoples opinions on if this would flow well or not. The "design expert" at the studio said the back splash would pull the taupe color from the counter top nicely. I also chose a darker grout (mushroom color) for the mocha back splash instead of a lighter grout. Long story short I think because we weren't upgrading our floors (which they make more off of since they do the install for our developer), she was just trying to hurry us along. I'm having a terrible time envisioning this all together, and so I'm seeking your advice. I would rather upgrade to a level 2 or 3 for more money if there is a better option rather then do all this, and end up hating it and having to spend $XXXX more down the road. I browsed through the "Do you regret you granite choice" topic, which I'm hoping to avoiding posting there in a few months and saying YES!!! haha so any help and input is appreciated.
(We're set on the dark cabinets, but open to feedback and opinions on the counter)