While we are waiting on our big ticket items (the granite, the light fixtures) we did a quick check on the Bobcat Lair project late last week.
I got a better picture of the master bathroom (soon it will have a tub!), and a close-up of the beautiful discontinued tile (see gallery below).
There were a couple of lovely things to see. First, the shelving in the living area got painted its final gray color. Wow, is that going to look nice. Between the two “units” will be panels of the same material as our flooring, running horizontally. The room needs the dark accents to tie things together, since the paint is all light and airy. The mantel and the beams in the ceiling will also be dark brown, which should be just enough to keep the space from appearing bland and like every other renovated house you see.
I also realized what a nice job the crew did with tiling the steps that go up to the new bathroom. The way the pattern flows really makes the tiled steps a feature, not just a necessity, and when the stair rail is installed, it will look spectacular (there’s another picture below). It’s all the more impressive, since this area looked pretty ugly before it got finished. The rooms have a lot of different elevations, thanks to the layer of bedrock under the house, but it makes it interesting and unique. This is NOT a cookie-cutter house!
Since our visit, the electrician has come and finished all the last-minute wiring that had to be done before the countertops get installed (he’d forgotten to wire for the microwave, and the cooktop also needed doing). So now we are ready for counters…and of course it rained, so another day’s delay.
We got all the last-minute items ordered, though, including pulls for all the drawers and cabinets, the light fixtures, and some faucets and such that we didn’t have enough of. The big-ticket items also got ordered from some new company that is coming to Austin, Pirch. We got the scary fancy double oven (just like the ranch one) for enough of a discount that it covered the price of the gas cooktop. Both are Bosch, which is my favorite brand for ergonomics. In the neighborhood we’re in, high-end appliances are expected. Hee hee, I’m not complaining.
Next week’s update or updates will be much bigger! Invisible Anita says it will be THIS big! (See why she wanted orange walls? It’s so she can hide!)
By the way, if you are interested in reading the WHOLE long story (going back to 2014) of this project, please visit our Bobcat Lair page. There are links to all the previous posts, and an abbreviated (really, it’s a LONG story) version of what we’ve been through and why we are so thrilled this project may actually end some day.