That pretty hardwood that complements your foyer? It's extra. So is the upgraded carpet, tile, and a lot of other things. We ending up surpassing our initial budget for flooring by more than $2500, but it is pretty easy to do.
We went to Rite Rug, and our sales lady Susan was pretty helpful. It is pretty overwhelming to stare at colors and try to figure out how it all turns out. After a while, we started looking like these guys:
She said "hard, wood." Heh-heh-heh.
Yes, the Rite Rug appointment was more challenging than getting those guys a date. But we made some decisions, and learned a lot. Here is what we chose:
Maple Cognac cabinets with Uba Tuba granite and tile backsplash. We have upgraded Brazillian Cherry hardwood in the hall and downstairs areas, and vinyl in the kitchen (hardwood and tile were another $3000 in the kitchen and morning room, and to be honest, we weren't that crazy about the tile we saw).
Here's a photo of how it should look (we don't have the diamond-shaped mosaic, only the pewter clip the Rite Rug lady is holding on the backsplash):
We stayed with the white marble sinks in all the bathrooms, but did upgrade the cabinets (Andover Maple Spice) and the ceramic in the secondary showers as well.
Then came the biggest sticker shock of all. I had a feeling we'd have to upgrade our carpets, but we didn't quite realize what we faced. The basic carpet only had a 5 year warranty, and didn't pass our test. But the level 1 upgrade (which had a 10 year warranty) was $2000 more (to do it throughout the home). We went ahead and did the level 2 upgrade, which actually felt significantly nicer and was $800 more on top of that. Oh, if you are considering the level 3 upgrade, prepare for $4200 or so.
See that carpet - there must be flecks of gold in there.
All in all, we left a little surprised at the additional cost, but we had run some numbers beforehand and extended our budget a little. And, we should be pretty satisfied with the carpet. It's soft enough to sleep on (of course we might have to do that at first...). What surprised you about your flooring meetings?