|The view from the NorthWest corner of the house with the LVLs installed - main living floor joists will attach and finished floors will be 1/2" below the door openings (door to deck is at right of this picture).|
|Again, the view from the NorthEast which is how you will approach the house from the driveway.|
We're already working on the flooring material selections since that will ensure we know what the flooring system depth in each room will need to be so there are no "steps" between the different rooms. We also need to order the skylight (for the entrance hall) and two solar tubes (one for the laundry room and one for the guest bath). This is where is starts to get fast and furious - selecting materials and ordering them in time for the installers to do their jobs. We do have a head start with some plumbing fixtures, a vanity sink base, a range hood, and several other things neatly stored in our family room and spare bedroom not to mention the range and dishwasher the retail store is storing for us. It pays to hit the home improvement stores (Lowes and Home Depot here in NC) and find their special-order returns or clearance items that fit your need. We've saved 50% on the plywood-box vanity and range hood as well as high quality plumbing fixtures. We saved about 30% on the range - it was one that was ordered with four burners and a griddle instead of the 6 burners the buyer wanted and since it is LP, there is limited demand due to LNG being available in Durham and Raleigh.
Our overall goal is to stay within the budget but by buying these items at a deep discount we can upgrade the overall fixtures in the house.