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Amicalola (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: bythenbrs on 02.11.2012 at 10:38 am in Building a Home Forum

We are building this plan now in the Charlotte, NC area. Some of the steps we have taken (or still thinking of) to reduce cost include...

[Note that some of the changes were also intended to make the plan feel more like a 'lake' home and less like a 'mountain' home. Also, we are building the plan without the basement.]

o removed the wall divider between the kitchen and the lodge room - reduced cost and created a more open, transitional feel
o eliminated the half columns in the foyer
o replaced the cedar columns on front porch with myratec; columns will be painted, not stained
o roughing in the guest suite above the garage; will finish later, sorta 'phase II'
o eliminated the full Accent truss/beam/trim package due to $$$ but will likely add back two trusses in lodge room and the scissors truss in the foyer
o changed the window plan in the breakfast area to use standard sized windows, straightened out the wall
o eliminated the 'cupola' in breakfast area ceiling
o upgraded OSB to TechShield type product to reduce heating and cooling costs
o eliminated the sink in the Butlers Pantry,kept the cabinets
o eliminated the 'bar' off the study and re-purposed that area into a small office with pocket door

That is just a quick list. We've made other 'value' adjustments but I just can't think of all right now. Will post more as I have time.

If anyone finds a good alternate source to Access Truss, please let me know. That is our next most pressing decision as we move to framing in another week. Thanks!


clipped on: 08.04.2012 at 09:47 am    last updated on: 08.04.2012 at 09:47 am

RE: Alternative to cedar shake shingles (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: stanza30 on 12.12.2006 at 11:47 am in Building a Home Forum

I offer for your consideration in this case, Exhibit A

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This woodpecker was one of the reasons we decided to go with a fiber cement shake siding. If you look very closely you will see all the previous holes that the previous owner patched up over the years. And I can't tell you how delightful it is to listen to that #$%& woodpecker pecking against the siding day after day.

So we decided on Nichiha's FC shakes, stained a redwood color.
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Nichiha guarantees the product for 30 years, and the stain for 12 years.
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Their website is

For our house we have spent approximately $17,000 for their siding.



clipped on: 07.29.2012 at 09:29 am    last updated on: 07.29.2012 at 09:30 am