First the Stairs:
I got a little carried away with pictures from the outside last night. I'm just really excited (I bet you couldn't tell), it's like Christmas every day when I go see what they've finished. And, just for a little extra fun, I've labeled the rooms on these shots so the folks at home can see it taking shape like I do. :)
As you can see if you look closely at these photos, only the exterior walls were framed on the second floor. I expect that they'll finish the interior wall framing today, and also start framing up the porch roof. After that, I think we're just waiting for the trusses to arrive and the roof will go on. Wow.
Meanwhile, I got the quote back for the cabinets, and if we take our whole wish list of options and upgrades we'll be about $200 over budget. So now we have to decide if it's worth going a teensy bit over budget (dangerous thinking, I know) or if we should trim *something* from the order to bring it under budget. Which, it goes without saying, is a real conundrum. Cary and I will have to think it over through the weekend, if not longer. Functional stuff has priority, but it's also hard to put the extra-pretty finishing flourishes on the chopping block.