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We'll have to move into this first....

Farmhouse
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I didn't flinch when our home guy offered prices ranges for our preferred floor plan and land in Heather Glen. I didn't flinch but I may have had a few small heart attacks. We'll see what the mortgage guy says next week. I'm less optimistic now though hopeful given what he said. We may be able to work it out with some of Veridian's Super Secret Mortgage Plans, that and my father has offered to help with some unspecified contribution/loan for the down payment.

I'm hoping that with the former, the latter will be a pittance if anything at all. I don't want Dad's money, but damned if I won't have some if it means saving a few hundred dollars a month. But, bah to wanting to borrow from him. Stupid money. Stupid independence.

This week has me down for unknown reasons. Likely the doomed feeling regarding my body comp test tonight and the whirlwind drop into reality of housing.

At least stinky girl wasn't stinky yesterday.
Back to review for me. Let's see if I can finish this certification by Wednesday of next week.

  1. Whirlpool tub
    - They have an awesome corner tub in stock
  2. Raised counters (we measured and they'd need to be 43 inches tall)
    - We're very, very tall.
  3. Fireplace
    - Our own little Coffee Shop. :)
  4. Built in shelving with fireplace
    - Built in so it matches the rest of the interior wood.
  5. Upgraded carpet
    - an extra 75c for extra padding and better carpet? Hell yeah.
  6. Deck vs. patio vs nothing
  7. Tall pour foundation
    - Depending on home site, they can pour a tall foundation so your basement has windows and 8ft ceilings. That means extra bed/living space in the basement. Better resale value. :)
  8. Corian vs laminate
    - Corian is only... 4 times as expensive as laminate....
  9. Hard wood vs laminate floors
  10. Gas stove
    - mmm... hot.
  11. Custom paint in rooms
  12. Framing rooms in basement
  13. Additional windows


There's no way we're getting all of this in our currently unspecific budget but he can estimate costs for us easily. He'll be getting us all the costs for these for three different floor plans one two sites in Heather Glen. Nifty.

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rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: April 24th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

MY new place...

.... has
1) Gas stove
2) Custom paint job
3) Deck off of the master bedroom
4) Hardwood floors

Ha!
abmann From: abmann Date: April 24th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: MY new place...

Do you own your next place?
antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: April 24th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
How is the bamboo flooring compared to hardwood, price-wise? Is that an option for you?
abmann From: abmann Date: April 24th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not sure. I'll ask when next I hear from him.

I think we're likely to use laminate because it is FAR cheaper than anything else. Laminate actually looks pretty awesome since I was growing up too, enough that I like some of it better than wood. No sanding and refinishing for me. :)
antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: April 24th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definitely ask about bamboo - it's environmentally friendly, but very beautiful (you might like it more than wood, if you like laminate). I think most of it is in the $2-4/square foot range, depending on what kind and color you get.
leleth_faery From: leleth_faery Date: April 27th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Be careful on what you choose if you get laminate. We got the cheapest one we found and it started chipping within a month of install. At least natural things dent instead of chip...
From: nightlikeariver Date: April 24th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
sigh. a whirlpool tub sounds nice.

very, very tall? how tall?
abmann From: abmann Date: April 24th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
6ft. I have yet to meet a standard tub big enough for me to use comfortably. The corner tub they have is very large. Unfortunately not large enough for two tall people. Maybe big enough for two short people. Or one tall and on rather short person. :) How tall are you?
From: nightlikeariver Date: April 24th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
i am 5'8".
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 24th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or two tall people where one is suspended from a harness while the other one is throwing tiny pickles?
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 24th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I support nearly everything on this list. What does "custom painting" cover and would it be cheaper to do it yourself?

Also, make sure your gas flow rating is sufficient to handle your 6-burner step-up range, 36inch flat top, inset grill, and 1-3 fryalators. The most common mistake people make is not allowing for enough gas flow to cover their kitchen needs. And make sure you have adequate ventilation systems. (this one is semi-serious) a lot of time people overlook their kitchen venting system and they end up with a cheapass 12v fan in a tiny pipe and a house that occasionally fills with smoke when they fuck up. On that same note, a simple attic exhaust system can save you on heating and cooling.

What was the quote for the hot chicks room?
abmann From: abmann Date: April 24th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Custom painting is as it sounds and likely one of the first things off the list. Painting the kitchen would be faster were they to do it before cabinetry was in place, ditto the living room if we get shelving adn a fireplace installed.

Bedrooms would be better to do on our own, I suspect. But we included it to get an idea of cost. Labor may be minimal because they paint the entire house anyway one of 4 colors you choose; we may just need to pay for the paint itself.

I think I prefer flat top electric to gas for ease of maintenance and cleaning. But I believe they upgrade the ventilation if you get a gas stove.

Mm.. I so want a fry alcove next to the stove. So expensive.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 24th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
The line of home frying units avalible to the public these days are really good actually. Unless you want to deep fry a turkey, you can own a relatively inexpensive one that will meet all of your needs and take up about the same amount of room as a rice cooker. I've been pricing them lately. The really nice thing is that some have self-filtering or easily cleanable systems so you can reuse the oil for months without having to change it. Similarly, they cap off so your house doesn't smell like a fast food restaurant when you're not using it.

You should look at the figures on gas v. electric as far as energy consumption. Especially in tandem with your chosen heating methods. I'm pretty sure gas is almost always more energy efficient over time. But it depends on a lot of local conditions. Also! Many commercially rated stoves these days have pincher valves that let you control gas flow. Which means you can set up your burner top to have like 3 relatively low-flame normal burners and one "super-jet" that will pump out the gas like whoa. The purpose being that it gives you the heat you need to stir fry or do other asian applications without actually changing your gas-flow control into the house. Sometimes you just need that blast of heat.

You're going to paint boobs on your bedroom wall, aren't you?
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: April 24th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also, make sure your gas flow rating is sufficient to handle your 6-burner step-up range, 36inch flat top, inset grill, and 1-3 fryalators. The most common mistake people make is not allowing for enough gas flow to cover their kitchen needs.

Damn, baby, I love it when you talk dirty.
raging_journey From: raging_journey Date: April 24th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yea! I am so excited for you guys. By the way it has been nice opening my livejournal to see cool pictures. And I vote for the giant penis on the door :)
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