First....Happy Memorial Day to everyone!!!
As we were leaving the development after our pre-construction meeting we drove by a house that had a white roof over their bay window and it dawned on us that we didn't discuss the color of that roof. The roof material was mentioned but not the color. All along we thought it was going to be black....NOT...it is automaatically whatever your trim package color is going to be...our's is white...no way...don't like it...not going to happen...our sales rep says no problem changing to black...just another change form and after all, what's another change form!!! So we are still waiting to hear back on changing out the cabinets on the island, will change the color of the bay window roof, waiting on the quote on the Spa Shower, maybe add the carpet runner on the stairs, and if we find a different Moen faucet for the kitchen then we like better we will change that out too. I think our sales rep will be glad when we finally break ground and don't have the opportunity to make any more changes, but he did say that our folder has been quite handy because he has pulled it out numerous times when other couples have asked for the same non-standard option.
And finally, we did some more furniture shopping this weekend. We were out for something and decided to take a ride to Johnny Janosik Furniture in Dover, Delaware. We have been interested in a Thomasville bedroom set for our bedroom and saw that they carried the set that we liked so figured we would head down and see what the prices were like. Actually figured they would be no better then the Thomasville store since we knew that Thomasville controls pricing of stores that sell their furniture. We were pleasantly surprised at what we found. We were having trouble finding the Thomasville furniture so we asked for help. The sales associate who we asked, guided us to the section, and said she would be right back because Thomasville was having a really good sale and she needed to go get the price sheets. She came back and showed us what Thomasville does...they have a MSRP which is what Thomasville recommends the piece be priced on the floor for...then they have a minimum allowable price which the stores are not allowed to go below...and then because Thomasville was having a sale, the minimum allowable was reduced by the sales percentage....so I know that was very wordy and long, but Johnny Janosik's policy on Thomasville furniture is to always price it at the minimum allowable...so unlike the Thomasville store where you start at the MSRP or MSRP reduced by a sale and then have to try and haggle, at Janosik's the price you get is always the lowest allowable...no haggling...this is the lowest...and the price was very very good....I think my wife was a little upset that she didn't get to haggle...she loves the challenge and is very good at it!!! Anyway, we bought a king size bed, 2 nightstands, a dresser and mirror, and a small storage ottoman with a custom fabric...all of that for about the price of what the bed and nightstands would have been on sale at the Thomasville store...great deal...but not the best part...they will order everything and hold it in their warehouse for us till we move in....no charge....delivery was a flat $69...and furniture protection was a flat $149 for everything on the invoice...plus if you never use the protection plan over the 5 years, you get a store credit for the $149...have never ever heard of anyone doing that.
That was Saturday...we also have an entertainment center from my parents house that we were looking for a larger TV console to replace the 48" one so we could use it in our basement with a large TV. We had the receipt but the manufacturer and model# was not on the receipt, plus it was no where to be found on the unit. So we went to that store and surprisingly they told us the manufacturer. They no longer make the set, but still make the TV console unit. We got a quote from that store and proceeded to drive back to Jonosik's. They didn't have that model available, but had it in the catalog. We were looking for the 60" model, but had a quote for the 64". Jonosik's original price was higher then the 64" quote...for some reason the door configuration is different on the 60" so it is normally more then the 64"...go figure...BUT we showed her the price we had for the 64" and she beat it by $20...while we were wandering around waiting for our sales person to free up we saw a couple of very nice Lane Cedar Chests one of which was a perfect match to our bedroom set....my wife has wanted one for a very very long time, but other things have always come first...needless to say I have her Christmas present already...can't give it to her for her Birthday...that's the house...LOL...anyway, both items were added to our invoice from Saturday...no additional shipping charges and the furniture protection we already paid for covers both pieces as well.
Sorry for the long post, but hopefully others will find it useful. I know the 2 stores in Delaware are not close to a ton of you, but they ship to a pretty big surrounding area....DC, Maryland, PA(not sure about you Pittsburg folks), NJ, and Virginia. We went to the Dover store, but the Laurel store they give you a map and tell you to eat first and wear comfortable shoes...it is that big!!! The website is http://www.johnnyjanosik.com/ and for any of you that may go to the Dover store ask for Deanie Gory...she was fantastic.