Finished House

The punch list persists for months. But, we have our C.O. (certificate of occupancy). We’ve had house guests. We’ve spent a few weeks in the house. I’m declaring it done.

Here are some exterior shots on a nice winter day, along with a few interior shots. (Furnishing is not quite done…)

7 thoughts on “Finished House

  1. Kate Mabry

    What a great “walk” through of the construction of your home. How long did it take to finish and how much was the total final cost of construction? Beautiful “Green” home!

    Thanks,
    Kate

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    1. KTU Post author

      Kate:
      We broke ground on May 1 and got our certificate of occupancy on December 22, so that’s just under 8 months construction time. I’m working on a post on total construction costs by category. However, the total construction cost was about $600k, which does not include the architectural fees, but does include all other soft costs (e.g., permits, surveying, etc.). I’ll post shortly on the full breakdown.

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  2. Michelle

    Wondering what wood species you used for your cabinetry? Currently undergoing a remodel, all of our trim is vg douglas fir, and I’ve been getting push back on fir from both the cabinet maker and contractor.

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    1. KTU Post author

      There are four types of cabinets in the house. In the kitchen we used Ecowood in their “fir” variant. (This is a veneer made from a kind of grass, which can be dyed to appear like a wide variety of woods. It’s really nice.) In the laundry we used a simple flush door with a natural maple veneer. In the family room we used formica on baltic birch with exposed plywood edges. In the bathrooms, we used vertical bamboo “plywood” with an amber coloring.

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    1. KTU Post author

      I had Trestlewood mill some barnboard just as they would flooring…tongue & groove. To get the tight, flush look of that wall, you need the material to be constant thickness and to have a tongue and groove edge. However, that’s a really standard profile for the supplier to mill.

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