Well, its really not the first step but some of the first "big" materials we got was the flooring. We decided to go with wood laminate and found a place called ifloor.com on the web and got a great deal! They even send samples for you to check out and we decided on the mellow cherry. It will cover most of the floor in the cabin/cottage and we think its beautiful. It has been shipped and is waiting for us to install it. Of course... floors and walls would help too.