Home Run$

The money game behind building a house

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Is this The Onion?

Because it's ridiculously over-the-top and not approachable at all. Maybe instead of plugging your cool factor and your vendors' brands and businesses (are you getting compensated to do that? you may need to insert a disclaimer...) you could just chill and talk about the process a bit more. When we built our house we learned halfway through the process that some things we'd thought were crucial just weren't that important to us and some things we thought were going to be absolutely non-negotiable just weren't and could be dialed back. Also, you kind of seem like a jerk, dude. Just FYI.

East End Resident 149 days ago

Disappointing article

I feel like this article was written in 15 minutes. There are no photos no nothing to actually visualize. It doesn't seem like you actually tried to save money. You were just looking to brag about the things you bought. Wow expensive cocktails and coffee, aren't you cool? Please give us some actual examples of where money was saved, show us the cost. Tell about us the actual budget. I wanna see the receipts.

Holly 186 days ago

Response to Holly

Hi Holly,
Sorry you felt ripped off by this month's column. Why so cross? Allow me to answer your queries. 1. "There are no photos no nothing to actually visualize." At the time this went to press, the house was framed but there was nothing to the interior, thus not much else to show. The extras I mentioned weren't yet installed. And in some cases (fixtures, wine cellar, coffee machine) still aren't. You can indeed see the simplicity of design and the lack of side windows, however...two points highlighted in the text. 2. "It doesn't seem like you actually tried to save money. You were just looking to brag about the things you bought." I outlined 3 areas where we cut costs – floors, cabinets, design – while spotlighting those things upon which we splurged. Budgeting is a matter of priorities and I wanted to show what was important to us. It doesn't make us cool...it makes us happy. 3. "Please give us some actual examples of where money was saved, show us the cost. Tell about us the actual budget. I wanna see the receipts." Come on over sometime and we'll talk turkey. I'll tell you what I tell our children: until you're the one paying the bill, you don't get to see the numbers. You are welcome to reach Kohler, Advanced Coffee Tech, Wellborn + Wright and Classic Kitchens of Virginia, however, for direct quotes. Tell them Tesauro sent you.

Jason Tesauro 162 days ago

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