Our Country Cottage a Narrative
About This Show
Our Country Cottage, a Narrative, podcast is intended to be for those that want to, are in the process of, or have already realized their dream of building a retreat or retirement place in the woods. I will be sharing what I have learned from all phases of our project, from planning to enjoying and coming to terms with our cottage in the country.
Most Recent Episode
Episode #13 Our Package Deal & ITB Month 14
5 days ago
Our Country Cottage started life as Our Package Deal. We were like babes in the woods, having never built a house from scratch before. I found it quit amusing that, while we were in discussions with the kit home supplier, appliances popped into the conversation. Yup, we were having a hard time trying to figure out where to put the walls and they were talking fridges and stoves. What was happening was, we were slipping into the “package deal”, something we hadn’t even considered. We were still in the big picture stage, while the details were slowly creeping in. Now, this is not a bad thing, but it was a hard thing not to break the transmission while swapping gears so fast. We went from, I think the cottage would look great over there to, what do you want the color of the door handles to be. In all fairness it wasn’t dumped on us all at once. There was a somewhat gradual release of decisions to be made. I think they had done this before. It was explained to us that there was an allowance, or target price, for things that were suggested in the package. While they were not the cheapest they were also not the top of the line, but, tended towards quality at a good price. Sounded good. The contract had a list of fittings with brand and model numbers. We could check them out online or go to the supply house to see them in person. Our Country Cottage was a little different than most, being off grid and way out in the country. For one, we wad a masonry heater, not a forced air furnace. But stuff like taps, tubs and lights were somewhat universal. Some decisions were made right there in the office. They included the type and color of roofing and siding etc. Most of the rest, involved trips to supply places that were recommended and previously used by the cottage supplier/builder. This is a good thing. Not only do you have an address to go to, but most of the time, a name of someone to talk to. And this someone is used to working with your builder. All you have to do is select what you want. Billing, scheduling, even delivery are taken care of. There might be the odd time when mistakes happen. An example would be, that for some reason the interior door handles were delayed and I went to the supplier warehouse to pick them up and deliver them myself to the job site. One of the first suppliers we visited, was a window and door company, where we sele