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It took a while for us to get used to the new house. It was big. It was easy to clean. It was different. But the weirdest part was knowing that we had lived on the same area of land but in a different house. I know I shouldn't get attached but I can't help it. I love the lighting and open spaces. The stairwell is not only functional but airy and elegant, too.
There is still work to be done. Needing more cabinet space in order to unpack, we make 5 upper cabinets in July. In addition, we put up backsplash to protect the walls:
Somewhere in there Steve makes drawers, too.
In September, we get around to painting the house to match the workshop:
By the beginning of November the cabinet doors are made, sprayed, and installed:
And just in time for Thanksgiving, the drawer fronts, knobs, and handles are installed:
Well we built our little 1300sqft house where I was told it could not be done. It is compact, yet open, highly efficient and simple. And we were able to upscale some of the equipment, fixtures, flooring, and cabinetry. We estimate the lumber and hardware for the cabinetry cost us about $1500. After several quotes, we think it would have cost about $50,000 from Jerry's or Home Depot - and that would not have been custom fit. The total cost of the house from demolition to almost finished is $131,000. I was shooting for $100,000. We estimated it would take 6 months to a year to complete with the likelihood of taking a full year. It took 11 months.
We couldn't be more pleased.