David, thank you so much for your information! It is greatly appreciated. It's so nice to have wonderful people taking time to share their information. I really like this forum.
T&V, I love that detailed information – it doesn't get much better than this! Thank you,thank you, thank you! It gives me an excellent idea of what to expect in terms of building on a prepared lot. Your home specs look a lot like something I would build. It looks like you are going to have a beautiful home. It also looks as if you are in the middle of your project as I type this. I'm envious. When you talk about the foundation requirements I'm wondering if CR requires an engineer to test soil types for stability before the foundation can begin? That's a requirement in Palm Springs due to the earthquake prone area –it has to be built on a stable soil foundation. I may have missed this, but is this a 2X4 or 2X6 construction? Are you using a standard electric hot water tank? It doesn't look like you have any gas to the house; is it all electric? With all that sunshine in CR are there many people using solar hot water/heating? Are your windows energy efficient, double pane, a specific manufacturer? Sorry about all the questions. You've already been so kind to share your information.
I would love to know more about where you are in the building process and how everything is going. If you are blogging your experience I would love to read it I know building (or remodeling) can be a stressful time and all sorts of unexpected things happen -- probably more so when you are in a different country. But, for the most part, it is exciting to watch the home of your dreams take shape - at least it was for me.
I know this is offtopic, but you have been so kind to share your information with me so I thought I would pass along my experience with Price faucets. My husband and I completely remodeled the family farmhouse in '89 – it's been in the family for over 100 years. We used Price faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms and within 5 years they looked so bad that, over the years, we have replacedall of them with various other manufactures. It wasn't the expense, it was more the time and effort it took to replace them that was frustrating -- and living with ugly faucets until we did replace them. I went back to the "lifetime guarantee", I had all the paperwork, but the manufacturer (Price) stated it was due to the cleaning chemicals – yeesh! I guess I can't use off-the-shelf bathroom cleaner,scrubbing bubbles, like the rest of the world. Anyway, at this point in time Moen seems to be holding up the best –better than our more expensive Kohen. My in-laws built a very expensive earth home in '77 and their plain, run of the mill, Moen faucets still look great after all these years. Just a "FWIW" piece of information - I'm not associated with Moen