Our LVT (luxury vinyl tile) installation has begun. We went with Armstrong Alterna in beige with a driftwood grout color. We decided to go with a 3-way opus pattern in the kitchen and dining area and are also using this same tile in the bathrooms, but in a regular 16″ pattern. The LVT looks very similar to a ceramic tile, but is much warmer.
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Colt and I began setting the cabinets this weekend. These are Bridgewood custom cabinets that we purchased through Lifestyle Kitchens in Hastings. They are hickory construction with Richfield raised panel soft close doors and a saddle brown finish. They also have solid wood, dovetail drawers with full extension soft close guides. We went with a staggered height look and crown molding to provide some additional character and definition to the space.
During the evenings this week Amber & I decided to go ahead and put up some shelves in our basement storage room. We went with Rubbermaid’s Tough Stuff shelving system. We had used these in our Kearney home and were really pleased with how they work. Each shelf is rated at 100 lbs. per linear foot, so we can really load them up! They have already come in handy for keeping stuff organized and up off the floor.
The geothermal system was installed a couple weeks ago. We went with a Climatemaster Tranquility 30 two-stage geothermal unit. This is a water-to-air system that utilizes a vertical closed loop with three 200′ wells. It cycles a brine solution through the wells to take advantage of the consistent 55 degree groundwater to maximize heating and cooling efficiency. The great thing about these systems is how quiet they are, low maintenance, and we won’t have an outside AC unit either!
As amazing as these systems are, unfortunately they are quite costly. Luckily South Central Public Power District offer customers a $1,700 rebate for installing a geothermal system like this, and we can also take advantage of the 30% tax credit from the IRS as well. All of these factors make the return on investment much shorter, and a better long-term alternative to propane or natural gas.