Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dream House: Outdoor Kitchen and Pool

The first time I entered the model home where we bought our house, I fell in love with their outdoor kitchen.  The big folding door opens up to the outdoor kitchen where it seemed like there is continuity between the inside of the house to the outside making the space bigger to the eye.  I loved it so much.

Here are some of the pictures I took of the model homes...

We met up with the contractor on the 20th of September to get a quote for the outdoor kitchen and pool.  He drew us a sketch and we were happy of how it looked.  We thought it would take awhile for him to build because he has to secure all the permits from the city.  We were planning to hold off cause we want to get another bid but that didn't happen. On the 23rd he called early in the morning telling me he is in the new house..they were already digging!  I was so surprised.    At that point we just decided to have it done.  The dilemma now is that because it was so rushed and we were not prepared we didn't get to ask the permission of our neighbor.  The kitchen frame is almost done and the roof is so massive.  The contractor told us the neighbor approached him asking about the construction cause they never knew about it.  The roof of the kitchen was obstructing there view.  I really felt really sorry that we didn't get to talk to them before doing anything.  We talk to our neighbor yesterday and told them that we would take off the roof.  I don't mind at all cause if we were in their shoe I would feel bad too especially if it will be our house for a long time.  We were lucky our neighbor are nice and understanding.  We did agree on taking down the roof.  It's just a lesson for our part... not to rush and be sure to get permission from the neighbor.  Anyways here is the current state of our backyard.

It is really huge... right now everything is on hold until we find a good design that we like that doesn't involve the roof.  

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Dream House: Wood Floor

Hi guys!  Today I want to share with you our wood floor pick story.  I posted awhile back how we were eyeing the private reserve collection but on the fence because of the price... we actually got it!  Every weekend we would usually go to OC to look for wood floors and would always end up being overwhelmed and tired.  The weekend we were nearing the closing date we were panicking because we wanted to find the floor before we close so we wouldn't waste time with ordering the floor and the installation days it would take.  We decided to look for a store that is close to where I was currently living.  We just searched at yelp and found Hernandez Wholesale Flooring, it was the closest store that has good reviews and have a lot of selection.  The moment we walked inside the store, the private reserve collection greeted us right away.  It was the first floor we saw.  We were surprised because not a lot of store carry that collection.  The price was 2 dollars per sq. ft cheaper too.  The reason why the floor was expensive because it was custom made...  it took us three weeks to get the floor.. they are 7 inches wide and can go up to 12 inches in length.  It was a hard decision considering the amount of money we have to pay.  But the end result... every time I walk on the floor my heart skip a beat.  I guess I'm just happy of how it looks.  

The company that installed our floor is Triple C Flooring Corp.  The owner Patrick is my friend Gay's family friend.  He is a very nice guy.  It was pleasant working with him from start to finish.  He gave us a very good price with the labor cost.  He only charges labor, the materials like the glue and wood we are responsible for.  It took them four days to install about 2300 sq foot flooring.  There were 4 people in their team and all of them are nice.  If you guys have any plans of having your floor done, Triple C Flooring Corp does a great job.  I highly recommend them.

Material Cost:
*Private Reserve 7 inch Piedmont Barnside Engineered Wood Floor $22,496.97
*Glue Bastik Vapor Lock 16 Bucket $2100
*Base Shoe $400

Labor Cost:
* $6,200 which includes renting the demo machine for the tile and the dumping of tile and carpet

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