There were times when we just wandered around trying to figure out what to do next. Times when we wanted to call somebody, but having to deal with it all ourselves to keep the costs down. We did find a local lumber yard that gave us contractor pricing and that really helped.
The decks were actually some of the first parts to get done…a man thing, I think and it’s not the size of men’s d-cks, that matters most, it’s the size of their DECKS! :teehee: The back one is so spacious and I love to sit out there and eat breakfast. The sun comes up in the back… so nice.
The one, major requirement that we all agreed on was lots of light and no dark colors. Past housing with high ceilings and very little light has forced us all to wear glasses. Our ceilings are 8’, good for lighting, insulation and general hvac efficiency. The floors were very dark from years of wax buildup on the varnish. We didn’t do any staining either, just sanded off the old finish and put fresh polyuerathane. We’ve got flourescent bulbs and fixtures. Ceilings are all white and trim is white.
Another thing we like is the food pantry. We had one in our rental house and they are nice. We didn’t build it in, but rather ordered one with nice, pull out drawers and shelving. Love the drawers in the cabinets that roll out, too. Great goodness, the cabinet ordering was a total pain but finally ended up with just what we needed and wanted. Dealing with Home Depot was a joke but contacted Kraftmaid and they were very helpful and quite attentive until we were satisfied.