Spent a few hours at Home Depot over the weekend. Not to buy anything, but to get a feel for what is available on the market in terms of cabinets, flooring, windows, doors, etc.
We are going out for estimates this week. My bet is that we will be about 20% over our budget, which sucks because we don’t really have many places that we can cut corners. We shall see. Rick has been really helpful in helping us layout more or less what we would want from a design stand point and helped us to pick the major components of the house for these estimates. Essentially, we gave each builder the plans and a list of what we want including types of countertops, windows, flooring, cabinets, etc. Ideally, we will get apples to apples estimates back.
Should have something posted in the next week or so.
It's been a while, but I have to say, nothing big has been happening. Rick went on vacation then we went on vacation and next thing you know, 3 weeks have blasted by.
The good news is that after our last meeting on Monday, where we modified the roofline pretty dramatically and finalized all of the windows, we are ready to go to estimates.
My feeling is that it is going to be about 20% more than our budget will allow and we will have to make some significant changes. On the other hand, we've been going into this thinking of a pretty big number so that we will be plesantly surprised. Even still, we are set to find out the damage.
We were trying to keep the roof on the left hand side of the house, but it looked really dumb so we bit the bullet and have no decided to rebuild that too. We are essentially now building an entirely new house. At least we will get what we want, providing we can afford it.