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Almost to the Wire

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IMG_9381We’ve passed the home stretch – we’re down to only 4 things left for the contractors to do. The painter has more to do but I’ve told him we’re calling a stop at the end of this week. That should take complete the kitchen/breakfast room/front hall. The other things will happen later. I need a break!!!!

A lot happened during my writing hiatus. The chairs for the bistro table came in, the backsplash was installed – it is SENSATIONAL, the broom closet was built, the range hood was installed, all the little things that needed balancing and patching and adjusting were balanced and patched and adjusted. IMG_9375The under sink bins for garbage and recycling were installed. The lighting under the cabinets was installed (which includes zillions of electrical outlets along with the lights). The walls were painted and the wood was stained and I ordered art work for the kitchen. 🙂

Four things left to go: the radiators, the cold water filter under the sink, deck lights, and the CORRECT hardware for the pocket door. *grin* There IS hardware but there was a little goof and the wrong hardware was sent out instead of the specially-picked oil-rubbed bronze hardware Don had gotten to match our faucet. 🙂

IMG_9382The delay in the radiators is an amusing story. Kenny (the head plumber) called one of the places I’d found online and spent several phone calls chatting with the company. It turned out that despite their photo, they don’t have radiators that are floor-mounted, they are all wall-mounted. They can do the floor mount but it is a special order as opposed to out of standard stock. Kenny gave them all the specs, they were working out all the details, and then he gave them the shipping address. “Oh, we don’t ship to the US” they said. *laughing* Turns out he’d been talking with Canada the whole time and had not realized it. So he started over again looking for what I wanted. I hear that he did indeed find some (I saw a picture) but it’s unclear how long it will take to get the correct size and then get them installed. IMG_9385I know from my experience back in March, when I had to get a new furnace (or whatever it is called for hot water radiator heating), that once you install the radiators, you need to then fill them all with water. Then you need to bleed off any trapped air, and make sure they are all heating up. This is a whole day process. I hope they make it before the cold weather returns, or I’ll have to spend my entire life curled up on the rug in front of the gas-log fireplace.

IMG_9387The cold water filter under the sink was another case of miscommunication. Don came by one day and I went through my list of “open items and can we still do’s”. They had removed my cold water filter when they did the demolition way back in May (remember that?). I told them that they could toss the one that was there, we could put on a new one when we rebuilt everything. I mentioned this to Don and showed him what I wanted (some $30 thing you can get at the big box stores) and he said “oh, no, you can’t do that with your faucet”. What do I know, right? He showed me the kind of faucet I need to get and they’d drill a hole in the counter for it. Later when I tried to explain to my husband why I could not put in the cold water filter as we’d had before, I realized I had no idea why it wouldn’t work. I could see exactly where it would go under the sink. I found the installation instructions for what I wanted online, sent that and a picture of the pipes under the sink to Don, and asked why it would not work. IMG_9388Don is a professional. He does things the CORRECT way. From his perspective (and undoubtedly from MANY people’s pov) you do NOT put the filter on the cold water for the main faucet – you spin off the filtered cold water to a separate faucet, and then use the unfiltered cold water for whatever you do with unfiltered water. I HAVE filtered water and ice in my new refrigerator, which is also one of the reasons why Don was confused about my desire for a water filter on the sink. For many years now, many many years now, I’ve had a filter on the cold water, and every time I run the cold water I get filtered water. This is great if I am filling the cats’ automatic water fountain, or if I am filling a pot to boil pasta or whatever. But yes, it IS a waste if I’m pulling cold water while I’m washing dishes or some other rinsing activity. Many people think that is wasteful. I understand that perspective. IMG_9383MY pov is that it’s much easier and cheaper to stick the filter under the sink on the cold water, change the filter every 3-6 months for some nominal cost, than it is to install a whole-house filter or make a hole in my gorgeous counter or any of the other correct approaches. 🙂 Result – waiting for the plumbers to put in the under-sink filter on the cold water when they return. The cats will appreciate the clean tasting water.

IMG_9341I have no idea what will happen with the deck lighting. I put this change order into the plans back in July, and nothing happened on it. I walked around the deck with Don a few weeks ago and explained what I wanted, and he said he understood and it would happen. Last time I saw the electricians they knew it was happening (that had not been the case on prior visits). It’s happening. But I don’t know what it will look like, when it will happen, nor what it will cost. 🙂 All I DO know is that I have a working switch in my kitchen that will turn on the deck lights once they exist.

So what do you think – is my kitchen sensational or what???IMG_9391

First Meal

Saturday morning I got up bright and early and refreshed and went to tackle the bistro table. IMG_9256I’d looked at the instructions the night before, which caused a raging headache which led to yelling and misery. 🙂 I know – none of YOU have ever had a melt-down. The directions, although ostensibly in English, seemed extremely convoluted. In addition, there was a piece on the table base that did not appear in any picture I had of the completed table – not online, not in the directions. My husband was convinced he knew what it was and I thought he was probably correct, but it was making me crazy not to see it anywhere or have it mentioned anywhere. After repeated readings of the instructions, I finally realized where a different piece was “hidden” in the packing and things began to make a bit more sense. Lesson learned: don’t try to function when you are dehydrated and tired.

IMG_9257ANYWAY, I got up Saturday morning and put the table base together. Extremely simple. The table top is large and very heavy – it took the 2 of us to lift it, place it and turn it until it locked in place. I was surprised at the height of the completed table. It was several inches higher than I’d expected. I went back and began reading every review and all of the specifications for the table. I’d misread one of the measurements but I loved the table. The more I looked at it the less inclined I was to worry about the height. In fact, when I sat on the bay window seat, it was the perfect height for the table. I’ve been eating all my meals there! The more I looked, the more I loved. My husband loved it right from the start. I still worry that when we move the sideboard back into that room the overall effect of the 2 pieces will be too “heavy”. In the meantime I have ordered 2 counter height chairs for the table. And the electricians, who were here all day yesterday, also love the table. *grin* Which reminds me….

IMG_9271Bert, our neighbor, El Exigente, approves of the table. He came on Sunday to do his weekly critique. He told me he couldn’t find anything to criticize – he loved everything. *laughing* Of course he DID find things he didn’t like. He started in again about the blinds, expressed reservations about the wood color. He actually mentioned something that I thought was worth a follow-up but I can’t remember at the moment. The best part of his visit was that he annoyed my husband, who has always been amused at how annoyed all the rest of us get, but he himself is not annoyed. Until Sunday, when Bert got under HIS skin. LOVED IT! Schadenfreude for the win!

A Crowded Kitchen

Yes, it is looking much more like a kitchen these days, because we have APPLIANCES!! Unfortunately, the appliances are not installed. kitchen with soffit and crown molding No, they are close to where they will reside ultimately, but for now they are creating a maze where once we had wide open nothing.

It got a bit stressful for me yesterday morning when they could not fit the refrigerator through the door. They removed the screen door and still not enough room. They then removed every door from the refrigerator. I believe that was the point where I heard the construction crew say “still no luck?” and an affirmative returned from the appliance crew. That is the point when I left the vicinity. I don’t know how they did it (I do still have a working door frame and door) but there is now a refrigerator with doors and drawers sitting in my breakfast room. breakfast room with crown moldingThe range and the dishwasher are here, as is the wok ring, but the hood is back-ordered.

We also have the soffit and crown molding up. Wow, does that stuff need a coat of paint. 🙂 I need to start thinking about what color to paint the walls, but I really need the backsplash and counter to make that decision.

The bistro table got delivered this morning. I was a bit annoyed as the delivery people refused to bring it in the house. They insisted the delivery was for garage or curbside only. Apparently had I wanted it in the house, I was supposed to pay more for that. It’s now in the garage, and that’s probably a better place for it than the house. The new ceiling fan and replacement tiles are in the front hall, my dining room is in my living room, my kitchen and breakfast room are in my dining room, and my appliances are, as I have said, all over the kitchen. range hood boxed perfectlyEither my husband and I will open the boxes and bring the pieces into the house over the weekend, or I will throw myself on the mercy of the next construction crew to come by to help get it into the house to be assembled. Since there is no place really to put it, I don’t need yet another huge box taking up space. The only problem with the garage is that it floods if we have heavy rain. We’re expecting dry weather for the next few days so even that should work out fine.

I can see by the tracking number that the cabinet hardware is out for delivery, which means it may get installed next week as well. 🙂 I’m guessing that I won’t see the electricians and plumbers until after the counters arrive on Tuesday (I hope that was a definite “counters installed on Tuesday”). I suppose it’s possible we might see the crew that is going to modify one of the cabinets to be my broom closet. broom closetThe plan is that the shelves are removed from the bottom of the cabinet, a divider added down the middle, and an opening cut in the shelf to allow the broom handles to fit and also be restrained. This is where I’m hoping to also put in the garbage can on a slide out base. I’ve been looking at that online. I’m not sure if that can be done as part of this job or if that is something we will have our painter (who is multi-talented) do for us.

There are still a lot of little bits and pieces that have not been confirmed. I’m still hoping for deck lights for the electricians. The various holes in the ceiling and the walls need to be addressed by the sheet rock folk. We need the new electrical sub-panel. The front hall will need new tiles because of the removal of the old radiator. None of those things have been discussed in any detail. But it does seem as if this project will wrap before, oh, let’s say Halloween. 🙂

Have to go – I hear the familiar, beloved sound of a beeping delivery truck outside – cabinet hardware!!!! 🙂


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