Friday, February 13, 2009

Insulate? Holy Moly!

We got quotes on the roof insulation. Wow, it is not cheap and it makes the whole roof proposition an even harder hit. It's going to add $2000-$3000 onto the total cost of the roof. Tom will work up specific estimates and we'll go over these at our next production meeting.

Nothing is happening at the house.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Not much is happening, as we're waiting to decide about the roof. We need to get insulation numbers. Tom really thinks rebuilding the roof is the best thing. I tend to agree, but we need to make it fit the budget.

We told Tom about the placement of the kiln, which we want to put in the unconditioned space. This shouldn't be a problem, but we're still waiting to see the electrical bid.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A new roof?

The builder is recommending that we rip off the old roof entirely and rebuild it from scratch. The cost came in at $4700 but that does not include insulation (or the 20% change order markup), so we'll need a complete price in order to decide if we should do it. This is a big hit to the budget, but it seems like it's really going to be the best option. We'll need architectural and structural plans for the new roof, which basically must look like the original roof in front (hip with dormer) and like the plans in the back (hip joint to match the front).

We looked at the shingle colors - I think Jane would love to go dark dark, but that's not nearly as energy efficient as a lighter color. I think we'll end up compromising on something like Forest Gray which is just a shade or two lighter. Wouldn't it be great if we could just layer solar panels over the entire roof? Maybe in Max's first house.

We met the stucco contractor today, who dropped off some samples and a color palette. Seemed like a nice guy and he offered to take us around to some of his jobs to see his work. I'm sure Jane will take him up on that. Sounds like he can basically match any paint color in the stucco; we also need to pick a finish. Jane's leaning toward the coarse grain for the majority of the house, with a fine finish for the trim. The really coarse finish just didn't do it for us.

The cabinets are killing us! We did a plan at HD for some fairly standard KM cabinets. I'm not very psyched about them, and it's really difficult to get cabinets that don't look like they belong in an apartment. The thing that sucks the most about the KMs is that they really don't give you the options you want. For example, we'd like to get the Shaker Rail doors in a dark color, but you can't do that. Not to mention that we're still at about $9000 for the quote, and even with the HD discount, we're still going to be a thousand or so over our allowance. We'll see about ditching the glass fronts, but that brings the discount down along with the price.

Really, we want to do something different but that seems impossible on our budget. Still looking.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Little things

Lots of little things today, but not too much progress. Tom came up with a great, simple idea for the stair posts, involving bearing the load on the existing steel beam in the basement, then pull that load across to the outer wall. This means we won't need to break up the concrete and pour another footing, with the sleeve around the waste pipe.

We don't want to overbuild the existing roof, nor do we really want huge trusses because both options will severely limit the amount of usable space in the attic. We need to get options and costs on our alternatives.

Jane is still thinking about the RTA cabinets. Everyone's saying "Don't do it!" because of the amount of work involved and the low margin of error. Still, to get close to the cabinet allowances, we may have to do it this way. No decision on the cabinets are made yet.

The bay window will be insulated after the close-in inspection, so there's plenty of time for that.

Tom will get Jane square footage for tile, so that she can start looking into that.

We're still waiting on the electrical proposals.

We'll need to pick the shingle colors this week. This is especially important because we need to match it to the stucco color, which we also have to start thinking about.