Once we had the brick color picked out, we then had several different color schemes to pick from for our siding, shutters and doors. The siding will be mainly on the back of the house and also on the second story of the sides of the house. We decided to pick shutter colors first. We narrowed it down pretty quick to a bright red, dark green or... jeez. I can't remember the third color. Anyway, the red shutters are paired with a light siding and a black door. The green shutters were paired with a green door and a darker siding. I love the black door. We both preferred the red shutters. Neither of us were crazy about the light siding. So, we drove around the neighborhood again to be able to see some examples of the siding choices. After that, we decided that the light siding choice was ok so we went with that color palette.
While there to make our final color choices we had some other final choices to make. There were a few things that we've been waivering on. One is the side load garage. Long story made short, we decided to stick with the side load. We also added a wet bar rough in for the basement, a gas line to the back yard, water softener rough in and decided the final placement of our ceiling fan rough ins. One thing we didn't realize we would be doing this soon was the placement of the extra outlets. We had priced in three extra outlets. After reading through blogs and suggestions of people who had built I wanted to make sure we had some in a few of the closets as well as the master powder room. I really wanted to to put one in the pantry. Bob thought I was nuts. So, I let this one go. I did have one put in the master closet, the laundry room (I really can't believe there wasn't one in there!) and the powder room. This was the one area that we disagreed on and I stood my ground.
The master powder room has a door, it is on the same wall as the vanity, which is where we would normally put a night light. I'm afraid that the night light won't shine into the powder room. I don't like peeing in the dark and I don't like flipping a bright light on in the middle of the night. (Really I'm not sure men should be peeing in the dark either. Darkness can't help aim, am I right??) An extra outlet in the bathroom is, in my mind, necessary. We also realized there was only one outlet in the garage. Not good. Originally I thought my dad could add these, but after talking through it, the walls in the garage will be insulated and dry walled, we we don't wan to have to mess with that later. A total of 6 outlets were added. This is a relatively small cost in the scheme of things and I think we'll be very happy we did them. Moreso, I'm afraid we'd regret not doing them.