Thanks for the compliments on the brick. This is completely different than what we'd originally thought we'd go with, but now that it's on the house we really think it fits. We're happy with our choice (good thing too
Our house will be a little over 4,600 s.f. once the basement is finished. So not a huge house compared to the others in our subdivision, but certainly the biggest we've ever owned. In fact, the basement alone is bigger than our previous homes, and nearly twice as large as my first house. I feel like I'm moving into a mansion
I really do feel fortunate considering the state of things now.
No one really pushed us to go with spray foam, but all of the contractors we spoke with before building basically said, "if you can afford it, you'll never regret it," and left it at that. Interestingly, the HVAC contractor was really the only person that had anything remotely negative to say about it. He likes the stuff from a heat load perspective, but he said it makes it really tough to keep the humidity down because the HVAC just doesn't get to run long enough.
Thanks again for the bump RT!
EDIT: BTW, somewhere along the way I broke the 1,000 post mark! I was a little let down when there wasn't confetti or balloons