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Barrel-Race7,169791630
TuesdayHouston, TX

Cobbler-Mountain-Hom...45100
MondayAlexandria, VA

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,257391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse7,054300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood87,0407862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,23718910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,216441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk568640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker460100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana539200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome60,1141033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,340200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,655440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle10,029270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,72427100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,6301504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,310341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,217100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,912483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,810100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,364213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,725520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,920300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,418320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,592100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,203300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,47230530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,607110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff7,0283130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,898144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,711100
9/29/2012

sherman20,122221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,236380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,56835530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,683110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3767190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,47323770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,354110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,153110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,837100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,646630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,872223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,460500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,33111150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca14,051810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,895310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,199320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,484200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,358480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...21,03634310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,127200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,3774140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,222200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,14920282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,41318291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,297562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,977392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,247100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,850100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,799650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,467200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,3809130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,919100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,796200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,92620210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,216780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,24621660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,546601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,71622460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,923200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,804110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build9,072100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,922800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead24,06831740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,882200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,1425110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,561300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,394430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,137900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,62812230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead36,01964850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan13,001100
9/2/2010

Commons10,223200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,615300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,169311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,891100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,454400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4992100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,257140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,98622100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,963343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,668100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,873330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,4562360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,119100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,92120270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,946130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,543100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,54221910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,949130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,91232950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,95319980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,585130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,091200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,145400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,614201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris25,090110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,290140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,356390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,286293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines11,037200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,639150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House10,043100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,1165390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,68313200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home15,006970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,48011310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8874100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,501130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,589600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,9171130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,275321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,317100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,472201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner73,0511016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,646200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,090800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,387891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog53,070614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,251100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot16,0517900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,944552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,690220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,440100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,146385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5941100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,350200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,133200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,394110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,476100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,277110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,930120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,897200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,553261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,81721590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,156220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,494610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,41010840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg26,068360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,319340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,388200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,338100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,739110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,180110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,249110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,96639880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,473111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,392211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,713120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,1084100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie11,016100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,2211130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,669100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,269100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas34,074301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,117260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,485100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse58,028136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,837311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,586120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1969160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,664200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,684260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6936320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,372334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,850460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,488100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,138670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,360110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,1041090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,629350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,234470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,682120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,6623100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,713120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,341150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,791110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,128111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,791430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,63314350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,84014880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,957100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,358100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,80519380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,823320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,444240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,7268100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,330400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,10411130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,22713520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,383600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman11,021360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,468600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,777100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,952110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,5474140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,795200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,704100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,9687140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,11812930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,908110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,7119290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,618100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,160510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,645100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,493420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,783100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,459731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,285590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence11,001200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House11,011100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,889400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,268200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,327271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,256200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,38844830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,108100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,720100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,789100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,548900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,400300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-26,031310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home22,06420270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,260310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,1475150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,462281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,9478230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,615100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,370830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,451100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,911110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,463330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0741430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,5625210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,396100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,42517510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,59817570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...15,008310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,344410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,764260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna10,035100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree10,010100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,272230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,818700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,434480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,506100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,634240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,49027560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,595210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,602100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,3808220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,675260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,838300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,321330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,238481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,902730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,383250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,961100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,4606180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,832100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,934200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8925250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,6121750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,409200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,40322260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,5413400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,875462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,811100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,6296330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,232200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,856270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,073100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,77214250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm11,030220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ15,00611260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,327310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,543200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,576200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,560100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,545600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,632410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,409240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay14,000490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,434540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,944100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,725300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,857140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,1166110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,256200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,116110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,197300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight12,029330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family12,049100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,717200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,432370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,755120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,950600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,94218150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5824140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,884471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,2387110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,093200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,150100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,186241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa12,019200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,697120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0804140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,572110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,760220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True11,026100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...11,053100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,817100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,085300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,197100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,430310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,541200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,860100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,831100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,372100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,755200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,996250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,478300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,8531020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,75611640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade12,070110
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Might as well have fun! - Door and Trim Order

Posted by Mike & Carolyn in Smithville, MO on 8/22/2008 1:13:16 PM

At least I'm having fun with it. I need to get the doors and trim on site so I called around for pricing from several of the local companies.  Again, several companies never called back, something that used to surprise me but I've learned is a norm. And and much as they complain about how slow it is, how much everything cost these day etc, etc, one would think they would not want to pass up any business.

After talking with several to get a feel for prices on doors I went with McCray who offered the lowest prices. Plus they include delivery and will do your take offs for you. But DO NOT rely on their figures, they are the ones selling you the stuff and of coarse they will round up.... way up!

So, I meet the salesman one site, kids in tow. It's fun to meet with them when the kids are there. I think it gives them more of the idea that I shouldn't be taken seriously or that I'm really not paying attention. Both of which are not he case. We met, talk about what I want. I decide on the bigger casing for the doors and windows and the larger base. Smaller base will be used in the kids play area. I would have loved to use the wood doors but at $300+ per door I had to opt for the hollow core painted doors in the Cheyenne style. Said to the salesman before I left "Make the quantities tight, I don't want you to have to do a pickup. And the door to the furnace room should be a flat faced door on the cheaper end".  The salesman said he'd have a trim carpenter he knew give me a call for a quote for installation. His friend called later that day. Said "they talked about what I needed and he could do it for .95 cents a square foot". Good God! He must do really good work! The highest I'd be quoted be for him was .75 cents a foot and the best is .60 cents.

The next day the McCray door/trim quote arrives. A quick scan down the list and I had to laugh. $22 for adhesive...why?  5 rosettes for the railing to the basement at $7.50 each. There's  $37 I can use some place else. 280 feet of base trim... in an 850 square foot space.  What does he think I'm doing with this stuff?  And the door to the furnace room...listed in the same decorative style at the same cost as the other doors...$88 does not equal "cheaper end" to me.

I call him to confirm that I got the fax and played the ‘stupid’ card just for fun.
”Could you walk me through this list so I understand each line item before we order?”  I thanked him and said I’d review it in more detail before ordering. About 30 minutes later I called back to revised the numbers for the trim quantities; I think he picked up that I was paying attention when the order went down by $400 (that’s 20% my ‘small’ order.) I reduced the tall base from 280LF to 175LF, actually increased the small base, letting him know the increase is to cover the closets, panty and laundry closet. (There is no need to put the taller decorative base in those rooms; it's more than twice the price!)  Decreased the number of door shims (we only have 8 doors), increasing the amount of base shoe by 3 times. We have all hardwood floors, a point I guess he missed. Decreased by 1/2 the quality of window trim and casing and knocked off the 'junk' we didn't need. Don’t rely on the fact that ‘they will take it back’ as an excuse to be lazy. Why order it if it’s not needed and risk it disappearing, getting broken or walked on…then they ‘can’t take it back’.

Point is...it's your money and when acting as your own general it's YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make the orders right.

Oh, and that door that I wanted to be on the cheaper end. The last quote sent went from $88 to $219. I did change it to require a threshold but it's now quoted as a steel door, not what I asked for or need. I'm getting another quote from a different company today and am confident that it will be lower. I’ll give the first guy the opportunity to beat it.






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