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Kitchen Materials

So I had started this post before I learned that the plot was unusable..
But. In the likely event that I need to renovate at least some part of the house, I've started looking at different materials that I like.
The priority for all of this is still budget first, appearance… also first.
The Kitchen
VCT flooring is common for commercial use, but when done right I think it makes a nice kitchen/laundry room floor. Black is great, like Daniel from Manhattan Nest did in his kitchen (click the link to see his before and after. It's awesome). I wouldn't mind a gray color either. Maybe not white (since I want white cabinets).
Speaking of cabinets. The IKEA VOXTORP doors look pretty awesome (online, anyway). An integrated handle/lack of any hardware makes it look modern. Sleek. Simple. Kind of pricey.
(Update: I went and saw them in real life, and wasn't super impressed. They felt like cheap plastic. But there was only one tiny cabinet with this style, and it was kinda dirty. S…

Plot Update

The city emailed me back about the little plot for sale:

"This does not seem to be a legally created lot. What this means is that the lot was subdivided without the City’s approval, creating a substandard lot which does not meet zoning standards. Thus, a building cannot be constructed on this lot."

Well, there goes that idea. (I'm not crying… these aren't tears…)

Next step: find a house under budget that isn't an awful nightmare.

House Hunting

There are few things that are as exciting and frustrating as looking for a place to live.
On one hand, I want to throw things (mostly because of budget, but also because some people have no taste and ruin everything they touch. And also because of budget). On the other hand, finding an amazing house that could be mine is a heart pounding, thrilling experience. Until someone else buys it, then I go back to hand #1. But seriously, why do people ruin good houses? (See earlier aside: people have no taste.)
A potential option could be building my very own house(!) I found a lot for sale, and even though it's tiny, it seems like it could be feasible. That being said, it has been on the market for over 300 days, which is a bit of a red flag. Also, I have no idea what the process is to turn a floor plan into a Real Life building. Lucky for me, my uncle is a building contractor.
I found this floor plan and absolutely dig it. A giant wall of windows, a nice open living room and kitchen area…