We’re getting so close… to starting. We just got word today that the engineering is done. We should go to permitting by the end of the week! Here’s the final technical drawing:
Building a house really seems like a classic case of “hurry up and wait.” We finally got the design settled on, and then it had to go through engineering. During this process, we’ve been busy trying to finalize the design details in the house as evidenced by my last few design posts -
The process of deciding on finishes, materials, and fixtures is pretty tedious. Especially when you’re doing it on a budget. I’ve been looking at light fixtures online every evening for the past 4 months. I still find new fixtures, and great deals. I really believe the more you search, the more you’ll find. When designing your own home, you need to put just as much work into it as a professional designer. A big chunk of that time is just educating yourself to what is available. My favorite sites to shop for budget light fixtures are:
I usually get my hardware from Restoration Hardware, but their selection is minimal and I was looking for something unique . I found some awesome antiqued recessed pulls from VanDykes.com. I ordered all of them for my kitchen – hoping that they would be what I anticipated. They came in the mail today and I LOVE them! Here’s a quick snapshot of what they look like:
These will go on the black cabinets in the kitchen, and I think they are going to look stunning. The whole look will be completely different from my last kitchen and the whole white kitchen trend.
I also ordered samples of all the flooring/tile materials that I’ve been eyeing. The budget from my builder was under 3$/sq ft for my field tile areas, and it’s hard to find something in that price range that LOOKS expensive and is exactly what I want. I searched around the internet for quality tile that was up to my design standards, but at builder grade prices and found BuildDirect. One thing I really appreciated was that they give you 5 free samples – no shipping, no credit card required. This is an awesome perk if you’re trying to decipher what the little picture on the internet would look like in your home – you know – before you buy 500 square feet of it. Here are all my samples lined up:
For most of the floor tile in the house, I wanted a 12×24 blackish ceramic tile. BuildDirect had tons that fit the bill AND were in my budget to boot.
For your reference if you’re looking for something similar, here’s a closer shot of all my black tile samples:
I’ve decided to go with #3, but I just noticed that #2 is on clearance, so I might do the mud room and possibly the pantry to save on some $$. One thing I like about #2 & #3 is that the tile is full-body tile. So basically it’s a solid tile. You can cut and leave cuts exposed instead of having to have a trim tile. I don’t think this will make a difference to me unless we decide to use a tile like this for a shower surround etc.
Okay, one other decision I’m trying to make right now. Front doors! We are slated for a 60″ opening. Right now the plan is a single door with two side lights. But I’ve been digging the look of double doors (2 – 30″ doors). In true farmhouse style, I prefer the 3/4 light doors like this (Thermatru doors):
They would look awesome in a funky color, but I’m too chicken and would probably go a dark wood stain, or a black. Mr. Project loves the look but isn’t convinced of the practicality – particularly when it comes to privacy. But they are just so beautiful… I don’t know if I can resist.
Here are some of these doors in the wild.