Last weekend we were going through the options and I defeatedly said something like this to Micheal:
"I guess I see us going with something like this. I don't really like it, but I think it's probably going to be what we get."
Quite the ringing endorsement eh? :) So we kept looking and I happened across a line of modern door knobs by a newer company named Nova Hardware. According to their website, it's a small company founded in 2006 that has a line of 9 products consisting of 8 door handles and 1 door stopper. They offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty and the prices are very reasonable.
We decided on the "Simplicity" style handle.
Photo from Nova Hardware
Here is the description from the Nova Hardware Website:
"You’ll fall fast and hard for the simple design of this Simplicity door lever. It is made from beautifully durable stainless steel that will stand up to years and years of active use while retaining its good looks and providing you with optimal performance. It is design to fit all standard home and office doors, and its unique look will blend seamlessly into any decor. It is guaranteed by the manufacturer for life, and can be installed as a right-handed or left-handed lever. It has concealed screws and hardware, so it installs with a seamless look that is svelte and contemporary.
Reversible left or right handed
2 3/4 inch rosette
Fits doors 1 1/4 inch to 1 3/4 inch"
We ended up ordering from Amazon because they were available with Prime shipping (WOOHOO!) and the option of easy returns to Amazon for the reasonable price of $29.99. It was a bit of a risk as they are a newer company and there was not much on the web about people's experiences having purchased these handles, but given the limited options we were willing to take the risk.
I was like a little kid on Christmas morning when the UPS guy knocked on our door just two short days later! LOVE AMAZON PRIME!
It was very nicely packed and included all of the possible accessories you could ask for.
So far it appears to be a very sturdy handle. A nice satin nickel finish and very sleek/simple look. Micheal is working on installing it as I type! Yay!