Second Thoughts and More Changes

Among mortals second thoughts are wisest. ~Euripides (Greek playwright)

It’s been two weeks since I last posted. So much has gone on since March 28th. Let’s see if I can remember everything.

Bill retired!!!! His last day working was Thursday, March 28. I asked him yesterday if things felt different to him. He said, “Not too much. It just feels like something is missing.” I totally understand what he is going through. It plays on your mind. You’ve dedicated yourself to one employer for 20-30 years. You spent more awake time at your work place than you did at home. You had all that responsibility and now you don’t. And, it’s not that you want to work anymore or have the stress of it all . . . but, it’s missing from your life now and it takes some time to get use to it. Yes, I understand. I was like that for six to nine months even though I loved being retired and the freedom it gave me. I sure don’t have those missing feelings anymore. I’m too busy to work! πŸ˜€ Bill has so much to keep him busy in retirement that I’m sure it will not plague him very long. And, I do believe sometimes it is harder for men than women. Sometimes work is their whole identity.

We spent five days down at Jill & Jim’s starting the day after Bill retired. We did not get to drill for water. We’ve rescheduled that for April 22. However, Bill did take down a dowsing stick thanks to our neighbor’s willow tree. He (and others) tried it out to see if we could find where to drill for water on our property. According to several websites Bill looked at, you have to hold the stick like in the picture below.

You hold the stick like this.

You hold the stick like this.

It is said that when the stick points down, that is where there is water. It worked for Bill. Over and over again! And, in the same spot. And, he said he would try to make it not go down, but it would anyway. I cannot believe I didn’t take any pictures or videos of him doing it. He has marked the spot of where he wants to drill. I hope his intuitions (or whatever that stick was doing) are correct. Jill tried it and the stick bent down around the same area as where Bill’s kept doing it. I must not be a believer in this. The stick NEVER bent down for me. And, I kept walking over and over the area where Bill said he wanted to drill. πŸ™„

While we were down in the area, I wanted to make some decisions on flooring (hardwood, carpet and tile) and tile for the master bathroom shower. I wanted to make sure when we sent out for bids this time, we got bids back on what we actually wanted. We went to BK Flooring on Friday after we got down to Jim and Jill’s. One advantage of being retired, we didn’t have to rely on going on a weekend and there was only one other customer there. We really got a lot of one-on-one help that day and part of the time we had the owner helping us. Here’s what we picked out.

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We decided to hit two more places before wrapping up the day. Just in case Bill doesn’t have time to make the bathroom cabinets, we stopped at Lensing Building Specialties. We asked for a quote for dark hickory cabinets with the shaker style doors for both bathrooms. Even though the picture below is for a kitchen, they would be the same stain and style. We still have not received that quote back from them. Bill sent an email to the rep on Friday. Maybe we will hear back soon. Jill hinted that these could be very expensive. 😦

Dark hickory shaker style cabinets for bathroom

Dark hickory shaker style cabinets for bathroom

I also took photos of some cabinets and a back splash that we liked in the showroom.

Our favorite backsplash.

Our favorite backsplash.

This is how I want Bill to make two upper cabinets in the dining area.

This is how I want Bill to make two upper cabinets in the dining area.

Bill has always wanted someplace to store wine. Maybe this could go in the dining area cabinetry.

Bill has always wanted someplace to store wine. Maybe this could go in the dining area cabinetry.

Bill liked the middle section of this cabinet. It's not really my favorite. It would be in dining area to display some dishes. We'll think about it. :-)

Bill liked the middle section of this cabinet. It’s not really my favorite. It would be in dining area to display some dishes. We’ll think about it. πŸ™‚

We made a very quick stop at another Lensing building to get a quote for garage doors. We made it in right before they closed for the day.

While we were down for this visit Bill also wanted to get a bid from Morton Buildings for his pole barn. He made arrangements for the sales rep to drive from Illinois and meet us at our property on Monday morning. To prepare for this meeting, Jim asked us if we wanted him to stake out the corners of the house and the pole barn on the property to give us a visual. Yes, please! He and the grandkids did the measuring and we now have little red flags on our property. If you squint you might see them. πŸ™‚

flags for pole barn

flags for pole barn

west side of house

west side of house

It was exciting to see the flags and stand where the house and pole barn would be. It made it real. However Bill and I had a very tense situation when I said I thought the pole barn was too close to the house. That didn’t go over too well with Bill. πŸ˜• After much discussion of how we could remedy the situation we finally came to the conclusion to change the orientation of the pole barn from west/east to north/south. It’s much better now.

Old way

Old way

New way

New way

After seeing the layout of the house and pole barn, it really dawned on me that it wasn’t going to be like our present home where the pole barn sits way back from the house and you cannot see if from the street view. This new pole barn was going to be VERY visible. I decided I wanted it to look cute. πŸ™‚ Well, not girlie cute, but I wanted it to look nice and match the house. But, if we really wanted to match the house, we would have to use the same fiberglass siding we picked out. Usually in that case you would build a stick-built building (like the house). I did a little research. Then, I approached Bill with the idea. He said he wasn’t opposed to the idea. He said we’d talked to the original post frame building company (Hobgood Post Frames) at our appointment the next afternoon.

We met with the Morton Building rep the next morning and went through all the options. All I wanted out of the deal was to make it look cute. I thought a weather vane cupola would do the trick. I asked the rep to add that to the quote. We did get the quote a couple of days later. We cannot afford a Morton building!

Jill wanted to take Bill out to eat to celebrate his retirement. We made plans to meet Jim and Jill at a restaurant close to BK flooring. We decided to make another trip there to discuss flooring for the large laundry/pantry/exercise room. We really liked this new clickable luxury vinyl grouted tile flooring we had seen at the home show. It looked just like ceramic tile. I had priced it locally, but had not priced installation. Turns out that with the cost of this tile and installation, we were getting up to the cost of ceramic tile. That wasn’t going to work. We were looking to find something that would be cheaper. We kept saying, it’s just a big laundry/pantry/exercise room. We would rather spend the money on the other floors.

Luxury grouted vinyl tile

Luxury grouted vinyl tile

We ended up settling on a heavy-duty vinyl that’s waterproof, mildew, mold and odor resistant. And, the tiles connect. Easy installation. And, the price and installation fit our budget.

Kenecto free floating tile

Kenecto free-floating tile

After picking out the flooring, we met Jill and Jim for lunch at Culvers. When they went back to work, Bill and I decided to look at a new subdivision which had out buildings next to the houses to get an idea how others had recently matched the two.

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After seeing these buildings, I told Bill I had a problem with matching our house’s Rock Garden Green siding with Clay trim to the pole barn. If we used Clay color as the main part and green for the trim and the bottom wainscoting, I thought the pole barn would look very agricultural. πŸ˜• And, that wasn’t the look I was going for. After seeing several more Clay with Green trim pole barns, Bill agreed. Now what? I asked if we could drive past the house near our property which had the Rock Garden Green siding. I was having second thoughts. I thought I could go with that bold color. But, would we be happy with it. What would we do about the pole barn colors if we stuck with the green? Aucckkkkk!!!!!

As soon as we drove up to the Rock Garden Green siding house, I knew I couldn’t use that color. But, I loved the Clay color and I always wanted to use the Bronze fiberglass with the house. So, that’s what we decided to do. Clay will be the primary color of our house with Bronze as the trim. I like those colors and they would look fine on a pole barn, too.

Apex siding color choices

Apex siding color choices

We got done in time to go to our next meeting at Hobgood Post Frame. The first guy we met gave us a price for a stick building workshop. Wow! It was about double what a pole barn would cost. Guess we wouldn’t be making the barn matchy matchy with the house. At least not with the fiberglass siding. So, we switched offices and met with Dan Hobgood to discuss some adjustments to the pole barn he quoted us over a year ago. He was great to work with and kept our price at the old quote instead of raising it to the new year price. I asked for a weather-vane cupola again. πŸ™‚ I think two would look better but at the price of $1000 a pop, 😯 I’ll stick with one. But did you see the three cupolas on that really big pole barn? πŸ˜›

One thing that the house color change affected was the exterior color of our windows. We had pretty much decided to go with the Andersen casement windows because they had the Sandstone exterior color that matched perfectly with the Clay trim if we were going with the green for the primary color. Now that we were changing colors, we needed the window exterior to be Bronze. Turns out that Andersen doesn’t carry a Bronze exterior color. Yikes! I did some research online that evening and found that Integrity by Marvin and Marvin Windows have the bronze exterior. Of course they should because the Apex siding is made by Marvin. Bill and I decided to stop by two lumber companies the next morning to check out Marvin and Windsor windows before we headed out of town to go back home .

After packing the car the next morning and saying our goodbyes to the family, we left Goldie at Jill and Jim’s and headed off to Complete Lumber to check out the Windsor windows. It was the window guy’s first day on the job and he wasn’t familiar with the product. We didn’t like the sample window we saw because when you took the screen out, it scratched the window handle. We really didn’t know anything about these windows so I grabbed a brochure and told the guy that we’d do some research and get back with him.

We headed to Kight Home Center next. This was a great place to see different brands of windows and doors on display. We met with Joe who spent a lot of time with us pointing out all the advantages of one product over the other, giving us many printed quotes, and coming up with a front door solution for us that we liked – finally! Looks like Integrity Casement or Marvin Casement will be our windows of choice.

Just as soon as we were headed back to pick up Goldie, Bill gets a call from a sales rep at Complete Lumber. He had called Jim to get our number. He’s a friend of Jim’s. He said if he had known we were stopping in earlier, he would have been there. He had a new Windsor window that he wanted us to see. Back and forth, back and forth. Our property is a little far out. It was a little distance going back to this company, but we said we would. First, we go and get Goldie and load her in the car. Then we head back to Complete. We met with the sales rep who was so nice. He showed us the new window which was really nice. We asked if he could get us a price for a standard size window and email us later. We actually got the quote before we got home that evening. We won’t be buying those Windsor windows. They were a lot higher than the Marvins.

Well, that got you caught up on our five-day property visit. Oh, and in the middle of that visit we celebrated Easter and had a big Easter egg hunt on our property and part of Jim and Joan’s. I think there are still 5 plastic eggs somewhere out there no one found. Maybe they’ll show up when we break ground. πŸ˜‰

Just wait until you hear everything we’ve been doing since we got back home . . . It will explain why I haven’t posted in the last two weeks.

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