Modern Lighting Fixtures

There are several great modern lighting fixture shops, mostly online.
Top 2 are probably Y Lighting and Lumens. I like Y lighting’s selection, but it can be pricey. I like that they offer you a $25 credit for each online review. Lumens also have good service and a nice selection. After several months of research, I came up with the following modest selection. Most fixtures have been ordered, but there are a few more that are needed (especially outdoor lights). We are still not sure what was wired in for exterior landscaping lights so those will have to wait. We also used the trade program at Seattle Lighting ( thanks to Teri. Both Seattle Lighting and Lamps Plus offer discounts if you order a substantial amount. Never pay retail if you can help it.
You can see my selection here:

Modern Tiles for Modern Bathrooms

We are nearing the finish, but still quite a bit of work to do.
YS Built has a great tile guy contractor. I hear he is quite busy, maybe due to his great skills. Take a look at our powder room shower tile and shampoo ledge. What a nice finish. Grout is still to be done, I’m not sure what grout color will be chosen.

modern pental tile

modern pental tile

It turns out grout has a color wheel of its own. Who knew. Another painful decision to make.

Tile choices can be overwhelming like lights and flooring. The first place that we recommend is Pental Granite & Marble.
They have 3 locations with great showrooms. Their staff can be hit or miss so be sure to make multiple visits. The selection is great vs. traditional tile showrooms where modern selection maybe very limited. Check it out.

Our choice was Rivergrass – Papyrus.

Siding, Painting & More Excavation 4/2/13

It’s Spring Break time and the house is coming along on schedule.
Most of the siding is up now, lots of excavation happening on the side drive way and back yard.

Interior painting has started and exterior will start soon.
For the interior, we chose Cloud White OC-130 by Benjamin Moore, which seems to be a safe white favorite among many.

We also have some gray walls for the bedrooms & bathrooms.
We chose zero VOC paints to reduce off-gassing as much as possible.

March 12, 2013 Update – The House is 61% Complete. Dry Wall, Siding, Garage Door, Front Door, Side Door

Our house is now 61% complete according to our bank.
We are closing in on the final stretch of hopefully finishing by June.
Dry wall installation is almost complete. The crew was busy on Saturday installing.

dry wall installed

The garage door has been installed – though I’m afraid it will get scratched with all the construction going on around it.

Garage Door has been installed

The front door (Fir) and side door (fiber glass) has been delivered & installed. We ended up getting these from Frank’s Lumber Door in Shoreline.
We love to support local business as much as possible. Nels at Frank’s is very helpful, look him up if you are ever in need of a door. They also make custom doors.

Front Door made from fir with frosted glass

Side Door made from fiberglass with clear glass.

Siding has been started, the south side of the house has been completed. Siding is where the communication with the builder went side ways. I wanted more panels all around for a more modern look, but our builder already laid out the Hardi planks all around and had the rendering approved by the local Architectural Committee.
In order avoid more delays, we are going ahead with this original rendering with lots of hardi plank siding vs. panels. #communicationFAIL

As with the framing, we are concerned about siding in the rain, especially since the Pineapple Express of wet weather is supposed to hit us this week. omg.

Modern Porta – Potty

Our site manager (project manager) built this modern porta potty surround for our site.
Notice the butterfly roof to match the home. What a clever design idea to cover up the unsightly potty.
Taking modern where it’s never been before!

modern porta potty

Rough-Ins, House wrap, Home is 53% complete.

house wrapped with foam insulation

It’s time for another update. The house has been wrapped with foam insulation on top of the waterproofing membrane and taped. Now, they will add siding very soon. Rough-ins have been almost completed as well. I think we forgot to wire for speakers. We stopped by the Seattle Home Show today and saw some great vendors including home automation (via iPad mini) and door hardware folks.

The main windows in the living rooms were of unsatisfactory height, so we will be replacing them unfortunately. We tried to revise our siding, but it was rejected by the Issaquah Highlands ARC committee. Our home is one of several projects (& smallest) by YS Built, so good communication will be important to wrap up the project successfully.

Our builder/consultant reminded us about the ELFA closet sale ending this week. We went into the Container Store at Lincoln Square to design and order our closet systems. 30% off is a great deal for ELFA. If you need closet systems, ask for Daniel, he is the best designer there.

The on-site manager & crew are doing a great job, keeping the site clean and tidy. Thank you guys!

Exterior Insulation, Windows & Fireplace: 1/21/12 Update

We made significant progress since the last post. It has been a very stressful time of research and decision making. We went from uplifting days of saying “we should build another house one day” to most days saying “NEVER build a house again!!”.

Most of the plumbing and electrical rough ins have been completed. It was difficult to decide on where all the lights would go and where the TV outlets would be placed. All the lighting fixtures have been picked out and will be ordered soon. Central Vacuum has also been plumbed in. Although we won’t have any carpets, we still decided to go with a central vac. It’s very convenient for sweeping up (toe kick), vacuuming rugs, and vacuuming the cars in the garage. It’s also less dusty in the house vs. a standard vacuum. We been living with one for 12 years and decided that we don’t want to live without one.

Our house looks white now (before it was black with waterproofing membrane). Most of the windows and sliding doors have been installed! The large sliding doors look different than I imagined, but we didn’t really communicate much on the windows with our builder/consultant.

Our fireplace was also delivered and put in place. It will be installed now that the cold weather will break this week. We decided that a two sided fireplace would look nice in a corner. It is made by Montigo.

In Search of Modern Doors

It seems like a common problem, the difficulty in finding reasonably priced modern doors. We’ve been doing extensive searches on Google for several months now. I really like this style of European style doors. There seems to be good looking modern doors coming out Italy, but at a very high cost. Milano Doors also make great looking doors, but also expensive. Our builder/consultant also has contacts at custom door makers, but so far we haven’t seen anything that caught our eye.

He did recommend some doors from Frank’s Lumber Door Store. Since we love supporting local businesses, we paid them a visit today.

As with most vendors, 98% of the doors were craftsman. If you browse their web site, you can see that they have some mid-century modern doors for sale. They can also make custom doors. Frank’s sales guys were very nice and even showed us a custom mid-century modern door that they were working on for a client. It was a beautiful Mahagony wood door with floating panels. The floating panels are not only decorative, they allow movement for expansion and shrinkage. It’s only with these floating panels that the door can be warranteed (1 yr. warranty).

The only front door that we liked was this one:

Even with this one, we weren’t too sure. The basic cost was $1,700 – $1,800 (not pre-hung, not stained, no hardware).
Some modernists use commercial steel doors, which is a good idea.
We will keep searching and look for good interior doors and side door as well.
We hope to paint the trim and doors grey for the interior mimicking the Mithun interior.

Our door search continues. Please comment if you have any suggestions. Thanks.