Ahhh Yes - the Great Evil Word... BUDGET! You know.. it should only have 4 letters in it... ha ha..
Most of it went as I expected it to. I only have one concern .. the bid for the house windows. We had picked out very special windows for our master sitting area and for the den nad kitchen. They are tall windows with an arched detail on the top like this:
But - I did get a lot done during that meeting - picked out the roofing material, type of septic system, entertainment package and a few other things..
After the meeting I went to a 'door store'. I had met with a company earlier about providing doors for our house and during the entire meeting - I had this unsettling feeling .. Yes the company was reputable; yes the salesman was very nice and genuine... but you know when the Holy Spirit whispers to you... yes .. that is the feeling I was getting. So - in going to this new "door store", I no more than walked in and was greeted by a salesperson - I saw the exact door I wanted for the carport .. one the other place had to custom make at a cost that was almost 1/2 as much! It just got better from there!
Next, I went to the plant where they actually manufacture bath tubs and picked mine out. I was jumping in and out of almost every tub they had... yes - I am silly! I am ever so thankful for the assistance of a woman with this. She asked me a series of questions. I went in thinking I wanted a "jacuzzi'' type of tub, but she helped me realize that, that would have been a mistake.
This is me:
I take a hot hot bath almost every night. Sometimes I opt to even wash my hair in the bath water - that is how much I enjoy it. Unless I am in a huge hurry, I am not a shower person.
This is what I learned:
With jacuzzi type tubs, if they are used daily, they tend to grow mold in the jets, which can be a bit difficult to clean outside of filling the tup with bleech and then having to run an additional clean water tup to wash out the bleech. They are most enjoyed by people who use them occasionally. I really respected her opinion because these tubs are usually more expensive and she would have made money selling me the most expensive item she could...
Next I drove to meet with one of the flooring vendors. I already knew that this company had a reputation of beating any price to get the jobs, and WOW... I had done my homework on this one because I have a really large area that I want marble flooring ... and that can get really pricey FAST. Armed with internet quotes for the exact marble I wanted, I allowed him to give me his best price. I showed him the quotes and he immediately lowerd his price to beat their AND I was able to get that price for the preferred tile size of 18x18! I found the wood flooring I want for the study and the master as well looking through his selection of carpet for the upstairs. I will wait until later to pick that out.
I was exhausted by the end of the day, but the kind of exhausted where you have a smile on your face!... until I got home and Dear Husband asked... "So when are we getting started??"
Thank You Lord for giving me favor and guiding me into making the right choices!