Basement & Design Selections

Before we begin talking about design selections, here’s a quick update on construction…

Basement Floor

Good news:  It was warm enough to be able to pour the basement floor!

Decking and rebar over cardboard boxes

Decking and rebar over cardboard boxes

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Concrete floor poured and being smoothed out

Bad news:  It was too windy to frame every day.  We guess we can’t blame the framers for not wanting to carry around big floor trusses and pieces of plywood while the winds are gusting around 40+ mph!  They have made some progress, so we hope to have pictures to post next week.

Design Selections

How about some more good news/bad news?
Good news: When you build a custom home, you get to make all the design selections.
Bad news: When you build a custom home, you get to make ALL the design selections!

It has been a very daunting task, to say the least.  Especially if you’re trying to stay within a budget that keeps changing because of unforeseen problems!  So far we have picked out everything from baseboard trim, door knobs, windows, cabinets, flooring, lighting, plumbing fixtures, appliances, and exterior stone and stucco, etc.  We will have to revisit some of the choices right before they get ordered to make sure we can still afford them!

We are happy to say that at least one choice is paid for and in storage … our kitchen granite!  After visiting several granite warehouses, we knew we wanted something a little special for the kitchen since we will have a fairly large island (4′ x 8′).  Of course what we liked was in Group 3 and 4 pricing and it was becoming clear that we should only be looking at Groups 1 and 2.  So it seemed like we were going to have to adjust our vision.  Never fun.  But then we happened across a Craigslist ad for a place in Denver that was just getting into the granite business and had a very limited group of slabs coming in from Brazil.  After looking at some pictures of what was in transit, it seemed they might have just what we were looking for and at half the price of most other places.  We had to put down a deposit sight unseen, but it was worth it.  We got first pick of the slabs that came in and we just love it!

Kitchen Granite: Crema Bordeaux

Kitchen Granite: Crema Bordeaux

Next week we will try to get a handle on tile and carpeting choices!

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