Well, we decided to skip the part of the DIY process of building a new room that both the husband and I hate "doing it yourselves". Taping, mudding, sanding, and painting. We have done those things several times in the past in other rooms and other houses and did not feel like repeating it in this house with additional small humans and way less time on our hands.
So, we started the search for someone to do our most hated DIY chore of finishing the walls and we found someone that I may have actually met at some point in my life even though I don't remember it. A friend from high school has a brother in construction and he had the best quote by far of the people that 1) called us back, 2) showed up, and 3) sent us a quote.
He'll be coming out next week to start on the walls. In addition to the walls we asked him to quote installing the cork flooring and again it was too good of a deal to pass up so we won't be taking on a flooring installation for the first time ever. We picked out the flooring and the paint and sadly, we ended up picking a neutral light tan that flows well with the colors in the rest of the house. I kind of wanted to step out a bit more and get some color in that room, but I'm a big color chicken who is now color shy due to the blue color selection in our master that I'm still not happy about. We are living with it because painting vaulted ceiling walls twice is no one's idea of a good time. Maybe in another 5 years we'll be ready to try again in there.
Anyway, we selected Wicker by Valspar from Lowes for the walls and Lisbon Cork Tobacco Road from Lumber Liquidators. We've replaced the carpet in 3 of our bedrooms with hardwood from LL and have been very happy with the quality of their products thus far and hopefully we feel the same with the cork flooring.
That's our news for now. We have the paint and will be picking up the flooring next week before he comes to start the work on the walls. I'll have more updates as changes occur without us having to do more than click the shutter button and write a check.