IL ites, Wish I had the courage to go buy a home in a new neighborhood but no, I will not take that trouble since I'm fixated on schools. In India, I've done this multiple times and am a resident expert on what tiles, what accessories etc. Now, this is all new. Some stuff that I must do - 1) Kitchen - Gas connection/stove/floor tiles/back splash/Appliances. Thankfully the existing granite top is as per my liking. I'd love Lazy Susan and kitchen pull outs(I'm yet to see these here). What kind of tiles/back splashes do you recommend. I'm not too fond of travertine and hate the grouted tiles. I'm looking for grout free ones. What brand of gas stove is good. I'm a Kaff fan but I'm not up to importing it from Germany. What else is good? 2) Bathroom - what do you recommend for floor tiles and back splashes. What about cabinets and counter tops. I'm not a fan of the white Korean tops. what about shower panels and enclosure? 3) floors - I'm upgrading to hard wood. Any particular type that you recommend? I'm changing carpets in the bedrooms, any recommendation? 4) patio - I'm obsessed with stone patios and pergolas. Any sleek/small/compact designs you know? Anything that will not break the bank? 5) light fixtures/fans etc - I probably have to replace all fixtures. Can you please recommend online stores or other places. I'm bored of Home Depot but I'm willing to give it a try. 6) landscaping - I want to DIY. How do I find someone to help me with it? Do I design and give a contractor or find a helper and do it, or just do it myself. I've limited time and my DH is not willing to let me anywhere near doing things myself. How can I do something innovative and yet not time consuming? Any flora/fauna/plant recommendations? Anything else I should do for a house? What did you change and what did you keep?