Decisions, decisions, you’d think that building your dream house would be peaches and cream but it was turning out to be anything but. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to be in a position where we could finally do something like this but I severely under-estimated the amount of work that it was going to take. I wasn’t even personally building the house either, I was just the one making the decisions when the contractor came to me with a question or an option.
We were building a mountain house because it had always been a dream of ours to have all of our family and grandkids with us in the mountains for the holidays. My wife and I still enjoyed skiing a great deal so that played a part in our decision to build a home in the mountains as well. I was newly retired but my wife still had to finish out the school year before she was going to retire herself, so it was me that was available and had to deal with all of the house stuff.
We thought that we had made all of the major decisions, like the finishing and the hardwood floors but the list of decisions that still needed to be made were endless. We were going to use as much wood as we could in the construction but I didn’t want everything to look brand new.
I loved the idea of having brand new wood finishes and floors but I wanted a rustic touch on the window sills and trim. The contractor seemed to know exactly what I was talking about because he hooked me up with a reclaimed wood supplier in Denver that had a great selection of wood that had been reclaimed from all sorts of construction projects across the country. I was going to go check out their showroom tomorrow after my doctor’s appointment but today, my contractor wanted to talk about the decorative concrete design that we wanted to use for the front porch. I tried to get a feel for what my wife would want but she didn’t really understand all of the possibilities so I was going to handle this one.
I arrived at the house and everyone seemed to be busy at work, I walked into the unfinished garage where someone was doing some electrical work and asked them if the boss was around. He said that he was around somewhere but he hadn’t seen him for a bit, I thanked him and walked into what was going to be our kitchen. Then I spotted him and called out his name, he turned around, smiled and said hello and walked over to me. I shook his hand and told him that I had an idea for the concrete design. He said that was great and told me to follow him so we could find a place to sit down and talk about it. It was a beautiful day and I couldn’t wait to wake up for the first time in the mountains.