Friday, January 12, 2018

status update

Well, we've come through a few weeks of family sickness and super cold temps, so I've been trying to wait patiently and lie low to get through to warmer times. (Truth be told, I still have a sick child leaning on my shoulder as I type.) Sadly, see no warm temps in the near future.

The framers haven't gotten much done with the frigid temps and the holidays, but the house is coming along. Maybe the delay has been good, because we struggled for a solid week over whether or not to go with black or white windows. I didn't see that big of a struggle with decisions coming regarding windows, but I guess the tough decisions start early.

I mentioned the struggle on my Instagram, and several of my friends had some great insight on the topic of windows. (If you are building a house, ask around and check around. Find someone whose style you admire and follow them, ask them, even copy them. It's a compliment!) Basically, due to limited options in colors in the builder-grade windows for which we were planning, the black window option was quoted at about twice the cost we had anticipated. Fortunately, our builder--Pirtle Homes--worked with our local building supply company--Meeks Lumber--to find an option that would work well for us. They found a different brand of windows, still just as good or possibly even better than the originally quoted option, which helped us trim about $5,000 from the price of black windows. We chose to leave the windows in the basement with unprimed interior frames, which saved us some money, as well. Those will be pine on the inside, and I can finish them however I'd like after we get moved in. (I like a good home improvement project anyway. Before having kids, I used to paint walls of our home every time Brad went out of town.)

So, now that windows have been chosen we have moved on to soffits, facia, and roofing materials. We went with a "gray" roof color ("Estate Gray"), and soffits and facia are still TBD. I'm thinking they should be white or the same color as our painted brick will be (which I anticipate will be something like "Repose Gray").

The day after we chose to "splurge" on black windows we found out that the lumber for our house cost $5,000 more than originally anticipated, so that caused a minor panic attack for me (the planner, the person who likes to know where every dollar will go and who has worked out our budget up one side and down the other just to know all the variations that could come about in building this house). It's hard to determine lumber costs when building a house, particularly since lumber costs change quite a bit in an of themselves and because it's hard to determine how much lumber will really need to be used. Therefore, I know these things happen in building a house and I'm sure it will happen again. But I did spend a few more hours awake in bed working out a new budget in my mind to satisfy my need to plan.

I'm already looking at hardwood floors and tile, as well as countertop options, mostly because I think those options are fun to plan. Exteriors are pretty and awesome, but I'd much rather work on the inside of a home.

I love the floors below. Natural, great variations, wide planks. Yum.

I love this top one, with some gray mixed it. I think black windows with this would be spectacular. It's from Vermillion Flooring in SGF, but Mouery's has something similar. Now I just need these options to hit in my price point. :o)

From the Springfield HBA Dream Home.

House planning isn't the only thing we have going on around here (but it's all I'm writing about today). We've also been working on Lotz goals for 2018, planning some new things we'd like to do in the new house, and doing the Whole 30 (I mean, I am cheating some with chocolate and coffee creamer, but Brad is rocking it strong-style). One of my goals was to blog more consistently in 2018, so I'm basically already failing at that. Boo. Check ya later.

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