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Woohoo, we've finalized the house plans as far as layout and elevations, and my friend the kitchen designer is working on the plans for our kitchen. Those should be done in a few weeks, and I'm totally stoked. She's already made some great suggestions, and I'm really looking forward to see what she comes up with. When I was in Denver a few weeks ago, I visited her company's office and selected the cabinet style and color, and I think they're going to look wonderful. Hopefully the estimate for them won't completely blow our budget out of the water, but I think cabinets are one of those things you really do pay for what you get. Hopefully we can make it work. We'll see!
We're going to use stone instead of the brick at the base of the house (and probably bring the stone up a little higher than the image depicts). The top part of the house will be stucco, and the beams for the columns and rafter tails will be stained cedar. The front porch roof will be done in standing-seam metal to add a contemporary touch to the house. I can't wait to start construction, so I'm just dying to sell the other house. It's just about finished and we're doing an open house in a week, so fingers crossed it will be off the market soon. We're hoping it sells in 60 days so we can start in September (when our builder has availability to start his next project).