Interior Walls –I like the panels they used in the protohaus. They had to paint it, but it’s a clean look. Apparently the grooves are deep and they’re tricky to paint though. I also like the look of the interior of Jay’s Fencl. I was able to get knotty pine tongue and groove (cottage grade which means lots of knots) really cheaply. Home Depot had a skid of this available. It is normally priced between 12.99 – 15.99 a bundle (A bundle covers 14 square feet).
They listed the price as 8.79 a bundle. When I went to the check out, the cashier said it was 6.99. Being honest, I let her know this wasn’t the price listed. She shrugged and said, the register says 6.99, so 6.99 it was. With taxes, I paid just shy of $400 for everything. 50 bundles is more than I’ll need for the walls, but the class will use it for closet doors, etc.
We're on the cover of Parade Magazine. This could be the biggest exposure for Tumbleweed ... ever! I'm frantically trying to optimize our website. Is it too late to upgrade our server? Probably. I wish I found out sooner.
Buying Flooring was super easy. There’s a local company that sells excellent hardwood, and they have a discount center in Tillsonburg where they offer small amounts super cheaply. My friend who lives in Tilsonburg has offered to pick it up and delivery it to the school. Breezewood forest products http://www.woodfloorsdirect.ca/ I was able to get 213 square feet of hemlock, and another 60 of locust. The hemlock is like pine. Farmers sometimes use it for their barn floors.
It will be perfect for the downstairs. Locust is very hard, and I’ll use it in the loft. No one will be able to walk around up there, and the mattress will cover most of the floor, so it is a waste to have such a hard wood, but it will be lovely. The wood only cost $1.00 a square foot. I’ll have to stain the wood, but that shouldn’t be a big problem.
Buying windows Well, it’s not easy.
There are a bazillion companies each touting their own product. I ended up using Golden Windows because I’m familiar with the product. I’ve got a room full of those windows at home and they’re lovely. I choose to go with casements, and because I’m cheap, I went with the vinyl clad inside and out. I know the wood interior trim would look spectacular, but I can’t justify the cost and since I’m thinking of painting the interior rather than leaving it knotty pine, I’m pretty sure the white trim will look okay. http://www.goldenwindows.com/ Harold, the salesguy, was wonderful. He was easy to talk to and he guided me through the process.
Some of the fencl windows are a bit smaller than standard windows, so going custom is necessary. For the front bay window, companies don’t seem to carry the 15 “ windows, (even custom). I opted to go with a double casement instead. This is the side that will face the lake and that’s where th e prevailing winds come from so it’s really important that these windows open. It might not look quite as cute as the windows in Jay’s fencl, but I’m confident they’ll look good. I was happy to buy local, and unlike the big box stores, they’ll deliver in 10 days. Bonus.
Congratulations to the winners of the logo contest. Originally, we were going to pick our 3 favorite designs and test them on our website. This turned out to be a problem since we like so many of the designs. So, we picked 4 designs. It was certainly a lot of fun, and 2 of the top 4 designs were created by amateurs who learned about the contest from our blog. The other two winners are professional designers. When we selected the winning designs, we didn't know anything about the designers, and it was really exciting to discover that one of them has dreamed about owning a Tumbleweed Home. We also gave prizes to a few of the runners up ... many of whom were also amateur designers.
Vote for your favorite logo
Below are the 4 logos selected with our current logo at the bottom.
Deciding a winner
Deciding on the final logo will be a long and slow process. Originally, we were going to test all the logos against each other and award the top logo designer a set of plans. However, we decided to award each designer with a set of plans. Woohoo! We'll still test the logos on our homepage. But we also want to hear your feedback. Which is your favorite? You can vote above.
How testing works
Testing logos on the homepage is done with the use of Google Website Optimizer. With it, each visitor will see a randomly displayed logo on the top of the page. From there, we will measure click-through-rate (the % of visitors who will visit a 2nd page on our website). We test all types of things on our website, and in the past I've tested the logos that we designed ourselves. Typically, a logo on the top of the page might not make a huge difference, and it can take up to 1 month to find a definite winner. I'll keep you updated as the testing process moves along.