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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

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We did a simple stacked subway tile, 3 high on the sides and up to the bottom of the hood on the back wall.

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The dark floors, excuse all my dust! (my den)

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We intentionally had our builder leave all of the upper cabinets off our kitchen. We have 4 of the AKURUM Wall cab horizontal w glass door that we will be mounting on both sides of the hood. I did a quick and dirty photoshop.

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AKURUM Wall cab horizontal w glass door

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We had a hard time deciding on a couple of stools for the end of the island. We really like the jamaica barstool designed by pepe cortes but I wasn’t ready to pay the 5-6 hundred dollars. so we settled for a couple of Tolix knock offs from Overstock. I am sure there is no comparison to quality but budget wins out on this one.

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From the kitchen looking into the family room. Near the 3 windows will go our Burke table and 4 chairs.

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I wanted to get a gray chair to round out the table but I settled for a lighter blue. These are all before images, before I layeth the smacketh down on their faded fiberglass seats.

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Burke base with a fresh powder coating.

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Exterior with the plain garage doors, with the trim currently being painted all white.


  • Eastvold Furniture

    Looks great Tyler. You have done a nice job working within your options. Looking forward to seeing it decorated.

  • Tyler

    Thanks Matt, With tract housing there are a lot of restrictions to consider. They will let you change just about anything but because they buy in bulk the credits are not as much as you would think.

    One could totally go nuts with upgrades on one of these houses, but at that point you may as well go build custom.

  • SunshineRaye

    “Layeth the smacketh down” ….WHOOA! Scared of that. LOL

  • Jeff

    The dark floors look great. Is it painted/stained wood? We used a blackened steel for our floor which came out pretty nice too.

  • Tyler

    Jeff, we went with a 12mm laminate from simple floors. I would love to see your steel floors, do you have a link?

  • Mari Anne

    Very nice!!!! Just curious– was having gables a must-do?

  • Tyler

    Mari Anne, yes they needed us to blend in as much as possible. They were great to let us do an all white house. Most of the houses in the neighborhood have several different colors on them. We all ready stand out, but in a good way.

  • http:/m/ Ethan

    Been following this project (and the blog in general) – it’s looking good. We are also building a house rght now, it’s definitely a lot of fun and a huge pain. our blog is @

    good luck!

  • Tyler

    Ethan, thanks so much. Your place is coming along nice as well.

  • Evan

    I love what you’re doing here. I couldn’t figure out where you are, but your idea is extremely timely. There are a lot of places in the US where builders are practically giving houses away. If more people did what you are doing, suburbia would be a much more interesting place to live!

  • Tyler

    Evan, thanks for the kind words. Final pics and write up are coming soon.

  • Matt

    Hey…I love what you did! I had a question though…where did you get your flooring? What brand? It’s gorgeous!

  • Tyler

    Matt,The floors are:
    Ebony Plank from simple floors
    It is in the Artisan Floors Masterpiece Collection

    We really wanted this on but they were back ordered for months

    Dream Home – St. James  12mm Chimney Rock Charcoal Laminate from Lumber Liquidators

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