Saturday, March 25, 2006

Slab City

Well, now we really have to do something... all that concrete has been poured, there's no going back. Not that we want to but it's still a little scary. A bit like finding out you're pregnant!

As we walked around the slab last night it was fun to imagine where everything would be once finished. It will be a nice cozy home. The difficult part is imaging everything we currently have in our house sitting on that slab. Seems impossible but will be an opportunity to get rid of more STUFF! Here's another view of stuff

Speaking of stuff, I've been stocking up on things from ebay, faucets, light fixtures, cabinet hardware. Things that I find and like; if you have the time to shop you can get some terrific deals on eBay. One of the cool things about a house the size we're building is there isn't a lot of "stuff" needed which allows us the ability to go to another level quality wise. And, I'm going for low maintenance, high durability in the regular use items (faucets, toilets) because I don't want to spend lots of time on upkeep. I also think it's best to spend as much as you can afford on items you touch everyday because it's just too difficult to have to interact with something on a daily basis that just doesn't please you (hmmmm, could refer to many things in life).

Here's a picture of a bathroom faucet I picked up on eBay. I like the sleek look and low number of nooks and crannies for soap scum to build up, along with all the other stuff that goes with dark, damp crannies. I'm not a germophobe and my mother used to say "Everyone eats a peck of dirt before they die." I don't buy antibacterial soap; certain bacteria are beneficial but I do like for things to be clean, not spotless, not pristine, not sterile but clean. It's stainless so has a bit of a modernist feel and should last forever.

I'm now looking for toilet info. Weren't you just hoping I'd bring up toilets. I think I have it narrowed down to a Caroma from Australia or a TOTO. If you have personal experience (well, uhh, not too personal) let me know. My numero uno criteria for this fixture: It flushes with ONE flush! A 1.6 gal flush means nothing if you always have to do it twice.


Bales are ordered and the wall-raising is on for April 8. Window and door boxes will be built along with the roof-bearing assembly. The trusses are also ordered.

Until next time, Keep your straw dry!