Monday, July 23, 2007

The Home Stretch

We're in the home stretch with the renovations. Great news-- the countertop installation has been moved up to Wednesday-- it was originally scheduled for Friday. The painter came in and touched up some rough spots in the bathroom and kitchen. Other than that, the kitchen is pretty much the same as it's been for nearly a week. Having built and installed kitchens for a living at one time in my life, I'm at a loss as to why they waited until last Thursday to measure for the countertops; that was something we did early in the project when I did it-- in fact, it was done before anything else. Whatever.

Yesterday, after dropping Adam off at my ex's home, Kim and I ran out to the IKEA in Schaumburg, hoping to solve some specific furniture problems. We met with success. We found a birch countertop that was not only exactly what we were looking for-- it had bonuses-- two sets of shelves underneath, and three drawers. I'll include a pic after I drag it from the basement and put it together after the counters are installed. It'll function a lot better that the garden bench I had there before. We also got a couple of matching birch and metal stools with backs. It'll be a nice place to sit and have breakfast, answer email on my laptop, sit with Kim and have a chat and a glass of wine, or sit with Adam or Mel and talk.

The bathroom looks better.

They were originally supposed to put a cheap plastic insert into the shower, but realized that they couldn't because of the window. Happily, they decided to instead put ceramic tile in there. They also used some of the tile to make a splash-guard over the new sink.

They also put some shelves in.

One bone-headed thing that they did was to cut the pipe for the bathtub the wrong length. Consequently we can use the bathtub, but not the shower right now. How they're going to fix this will be interesting. At least until tomorrow, the faucet in the bathtub is a pipe coming out of the wall.

One other score last night was a table and chairs for the back porch to replace the weathered set I'd thrown out recently. The table is metal with a granite top. The chairs match it and fold up. We'd stopped at Target and Menard's on the way home. It was the last set Menard's had-- being that it's near the end of the season, we weren't sure we'd find anything at all. Both IKEA and Target were tapped out of garden sets.

Keep your fingers crossed. A lot's going on this week. With any luck, they'll have the renovations done by Friday, and Kim and I will be sitting out on the back porch at our new table and chair set, relaxing-- and maybe celebrating-- over a couple of glasses of red wine. Details to follow.


'Bubbles' said...

The bathroom looks great! I much prefer tile to the prefab units. Prefab is really prevelant here, but maybe that is best because of the extremely hard water..

Are the counters in the kitchen granite?

When I did my kitchen, the granite people almost refused to measure for the counters until I had the cabinets completely, totally, final. Of course, I really, really wanted to keep the project moving, so I had them come as soon as I thought it was good enough.

They made me sign off that I understood that their cutting templates were done before it was final.

There were a couple of places that they had to refine at installation because of me, so I assume that is why they wait for final, final, final. Apparently field changes with granite are more of a pain than with other materials.

IKEA is a GREAT place, in my opinion! My kitchen cabinets are from there, and you can not beat their products for kids' rooms. Thing 3 is going to have their full size loft bed as soon as I finish my room.

The only reason I passed on their laminate flooring was that they are too far to drive from my house compared to Sam's.

Have fun!!

Beth said...

I'm waiting for my back-porch invite ...

MacGuffin said...

Everything's lookin good! We'll have some margaritas this weekend in your honour.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Looks great!

I don't understand some tradespeople. We had a similar experience when we were getting new kitchen cupboard in our old house. The dude measured and measured and measured again, and then finally showed up with a pile of sticks, instead of the built cupboard we were expecting.

In this house, the plumber reversed the hot and cold pipes in the shower.

Skylers Dad said...

That's some sweet ass tile there Mr JY!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Looks great.

cheer34 said...

HHHHMMMMMMM celebrating what!!!!
I don't like to wait for surprises, please give the details. I have an idea, just my womanly instincts here, kinda like spidy senses. But I will not say what I suspect, just in case I am wrong.

When can you tell us???

The Elk said...

Measure twice....Cut once

GETkristiLOVE said...

This isn't fair. I've been at this a LOT longer than you JYen. It's just not fucking fair you're almost done. Damn you, I need that red wine a LOT more than you.

vikkitikkitavi said...

I have those same towel bars.

Glad you lucked out with the prefab shower unit. I hate those things. Long live tile!