Monday, August 29, 2011

A Bathroom Vanity that looks like a Dresser

I thought for today's post I would direct the attention off the property and all the fun happening over there and show you something for the inside of the house. This weekend we took a trip to our local Home Depot in search of a bathroom vanity that we saw there a few weeks back. This vanity just seemed to catch our attention and we decided that if they still had it in stock we would snatch it up!

As it turned out, this bathroom vanity was a "special buy" which means each store only got a limited number of them and when they were gone, they were gone. The Home Depot we went to in Okemos was all sold out, we waited too long to decide to buy it. However there was a floor model. We decided the display looked just fine and she should come home with us! Bonus: They gave us 10% additionally off because it was the floor model.

We took this photo in the store and I was clearly unaware I was in the photo with the vanity!

The vanity is called Monroe 36" vanity (Model # MR36P3-H ). It came with a cast-polymer carrara marble look top and under mount sink. Cast-polymer is a term for something that is man made to look like stone or granite. She is made of solid wood with wood veneer in Hazelnut. I love the warmth of this piece and it looks like the style of a dresser. It also came with the chrome knobs on the front and the wood framed mirror as well. The top to side drawers don't pull out because of the sink basin but the bottom two offer lots of storage.

We did not purchase the faucet that is shown in the photo. Instead we want to have the faucet in a chrome finish to match the dresser hardware and the shower fixtures we have already picked out. Although I do think the oil rubbed bronze looks beautiful as well. We were thinking about this 8" spread faucet from Moen. We had originally picked out a 4" spread for the bathroom vanity but that size wont work with our new vanity top. Unfortunately it costs more for an 8" than a 4" faucet set-up however we did save on the vanity.

I am very happy with our latest purchase for the house and even more excited for how inexpensive it was! With building a house it feels like the price of this usually goes up so it was nice to find a vanity for less than we budgeted for!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Footings, the beginning of a basement

A crucial step in the home building process has started! The footings for the basement walls are poured and are ready to go. I had absolutely no clue what a footing was when we started this process. What, you don't either?! A footing is the base for the concrete walls that will soon be our basement. The job of the footing is to take the weight of the house and also to help minimize the house shifting and settling over time. So basically its pretty important unless you don't care about your house sinking into the ground. Which of course we do care, just so there isn't any confusion.

Footings seem to be the underdog of home construction. Most people outside of home construction probably don't even know they exist in their homes. Like I mentioned before, they are a crucial step for any home.

We were both working the day the footings so we didn't get to see them in action but basically the concrete people create a form out of wood and filled it with concrete and leveled it off. That's like the pure basics of what they did and I am sure they did more than that because there are 2 drainage tubes and rebar sticking out in some areas, I just don't know what all was involved. They finished the entire perimeter and the next day came back to pour the interior load barring points.

Notice all the water down in there? We did too but not to worry, a few days of sunshine should dry it up and since the concrete walls have to sit and cure for 2 weeks it won't delay anything.

This is a view down into the basement towards the West.

Kyle and his little sister Jamie checking out the footings

Another view in the basement towards the West, this time with alittle closer look at the interior footings that are waiting to be poured

This is a view of the kitchen "bump out" section

All those cement trucks really did a number on the soil. It was a little rainy the day before and the day after so we have some nice ruts in the ground.

The concrete walls were poured yesterday and next time we will show you how awesome it now looks!