homearama 2015: rough-ins, insulation, selections

Time flies when you’re having fun, right?  We’re fast-forwarding a bit again this week.  Lots of important things happened at the HomeArama 2015 construction site … but they weren’t particularly “photo-worthy.”  After the framing was completed, the trades did their rough-ins for electrical, plumbing, HVAC, security and more.
Cheval HomeArama Staircase InstalledSouthern Staircase installed both staircases — for which I am especially grateful when I forget my “construction appropriate” footwear.

Cheval HomeArama Stairs Close UpWith the installation of the firebox, you can see the living room begin to take shape.

Cheval HomeArama Fireplace InstalledOf course, as construction continues, I get busier and busier with finish selections!  Unlike most showhouses, the HomeArama 2015 house already has a homeowner … and yes, they are real people with a real budget.  In other words — we need bang for the buck!  It’s one thing to do a showhouse on a pie-in-the-sky budget, but it’s a whole different ballgame when someone else is writing the checks.  But that’s the fun, right?  Because it’s design for real life!

Stone RemnantsDreaming of marble or quartzite, but they aren’t in the budget?  Stone remnants are a fantastic way to get a high-end material for practically the price of fabrication only.  It’s perfect for powder and other secondary baths.

Stay tuned, because I’ll be back next week with another update on the HomeArama house, plus more “real people, real budget, real life” design tips.  Need a quick fix?  Head over to my Instagram (@tracizeller) for updates in real time!


homearama 2015: tyvek, windows and more

I skipped ahead a bit in my last blog post.  Oops!  After framing was completed, the house was wrapped in Tyvek.  Tyvek HomeWrap is a house wrap that keeps air and water out, while letting water vapor escape.  That helps insulation to perform better, which means the HVAC system can work more efficiently.  Yay for energy efficient houses!    Tyvek Cheval HomeArama HousePlus, the windows — Pella ProLine in brown — were installed.  I super-love dark windows on this style of house.  Inside, rough-ins for plumbing, electrical and HVAC continued.  It’s not glamorous, but obviously necessary!

Next week’s update will be a little bit more action-packed, so stay tuned!

traci zeller