We are getting closer and closer to the end and it has been so fun to see all of our ideas come to fruition. If you are a first time reader, you can click the “How to: Modern Tract House” in the Categories on the right. To sum it up we are building a semi-custom tract home with a lot of tweaking. We are not in a place to build a custom home and there are not a whole lot of remodel options in our area. I really want to give props to Viking Homes they have been really great to work with us. More pics after the jump
Since my last post about the house we have made some serious progress. Today the appliances were going in, the lighting is almost all done and the flooring on the lower level is 90% done. The plumbers were there today as well doing their thing. One more month! More images after the jump.
Drywall and paint is all done, next comes the cabinets and the flooring. We are having a little debate on choosing what color of roller shades to use on the 3 large windows and the sliding glass door in the living room. Our two color choices are black or white. To set the stage for the room, the walls will remain bright white while the floor in front of the sliding glass door will be dark gray tile. The flooring in front of the 3 large windows will be dark gray wood laminate.
The objective of the lower level is to keep it feeling big and open, loft like.
Do we go with white so the walls and windows look seamless?
Do we use black and really define the windows and tie in the dark floors?
Where is the best place to pick these up?
I know for most of you, these house updates are pretty boring compared to what we usually see on plastolux but I am thinking there has to be people out in the same situation as myself that really want a modern feeling home on a tract house budget. This post will cover the cabinets, counter tops and flooring.
We got a great deal on this Orbit Chandelier Designed by Patrick Townsend. It will go on the entry way (see pic #8)
We are doing a charcoal laminate floor from simplefloors.com. I know laminate is hardwoods ugly step brother but this is really thick and fits the budget perfectly.
In our new home we decided to do away with the wall that defined a formal dining room. We still wanted to have some sort of smaller seating situation there. I really wanted a 42″ Eero Saarinen table but I think I was just dreaming. So the hunt began for a vintage Burke table. I soon realized that even the Burke tables were fetching a pretty decent price. For me, locally is not the best hunting grounds so I turned to eBay. I came across a listing for one 46″ Burke table and four different Eames Herman Miller chairs for a very low starting price. Click “READ MORE” to get the rest of the story.
WE HAVE CONCRETE! this week they dug and poured. A quick update on the exterior. We were able to get simplified garage doors so we don’t have a billion little squares. We will need to have stone on the house so we are sticking to the original choice. We are still going for a monochromatic look and feel. For exterior lighting we found some silver cylinder tubes that will shine up and down. We decided not to try and go too minimal and modern on the outside. We think it will be best for this type of neighborhood. What if we had to sell, some just may not get it. So exterior, DONE and DONE.
On the last post some of you asked to se my “can we” list. Keep in mind that the big popular style here is Tuscany wine country. Most of this list was can we get rid of this or that. Click “READ MORE” to see the list and floor plan changes.