I guess it’s just not the Bobcat Lair house without snags. This time, it’s our Home Owners Association friends again. Apparently no one asked permission to put windows in the office. So we can’t have them. It’s becoming almost a joke, the delays and snags! We are open to suggestions for how to make the office bright and full of light, without windows. Guess it will be Can Light City.
We are also still waiting for the downstairs to get started, though there IS some new rebar down there! Ready for concrete action, some day.
(Aside: Facebook tells me it has been two years since we finished the two downstairs rooms that are done. Argh. What a project.)
We’ve mostly been focused on cabinetry this week. I finally made my final choices for the kitchen and baths, and not without significant compromise from my original vision of pickled cream and gray custom cabinets. While we got a very creative bid, it was more than Lee had budgeted, so that was out. Ruben the General Contractor and I went to our friends at J&L Cabinets and Granite, where we get the inexpensive but nice stuff for our rental houses, thinking I could get their upgraded line and find something in both cream and dark gray. Well, they had cream, and they had grays, but none of the creams also came in gray. Sigh.
But, in looking at the good quality gray ones, I realized I loved the color and design of one of them. It’s simple, but at least not the same Shaker ones I always pick, and the color is perfect. It’s a very warm shade of gray (if I HAVE to make all my houses gray and white for resale, I can at least get a gray I like, right?). The picture here is borrowed from the gallery pages of J&L. Since it’s free advertising, I hope they don’t mind.
I checked the sample against granite they had in the shop that was in similar colors to my kitchen counters and island, and was delighted to see the gray went well with both (I have a quartz and a granite chosen). The color will also look great in the master bathroom and will contrast nicely with the cream paint I’m using in all the main rooms (as Joanna Gaines would say, “a pretty shade of white” as if that means anything). At the bottom of the post are so more photos of granite and cabinets, including a nice shot of the maple interiors. The less particle board the better, I always say.
But that’s not the only cabinetry we focused on. Since we had to downscale our plans, the custom desk and shelving elsewhere also went away. So, I asked Ruben if he had any ideas, and he said he’d just gotten the equipment needed to make some nice custom shelving units himself. We went over his ideas, which sounded good to me, and he offered to make a sample of the quality. They’d just finished making the sample when Anita and I showed up to inspect the progress. They made a shelving unit that will hold square baskets in the laundry room. The wood is really nice quality, and the lines are clean and smooth. I think the other items will look great, and at the cost of pre-fab ones. Hooray for being flexible.
One more thing to share, and that’s the entrance to the new downstairs “bedroom” (which Anita plans to use as her living area). It will have a nice little entry patio, as well as a window that the HOA did NOT make us remove. We assured them we were not making the house into apartments, so they were OK with it. Whew. And since the room will just be a “den,” and there is only one kitchen in the house, I don’t think it could ever be called two separate apartments. Of course the door will be painted to match all the other ones in the house, we assured the HOA…geez.
And that’s it for the Bobcat Lair report for early January. Enjoy the bonus cabinet photos below. And don’t forget, if you run across a sad house that we might be interested in, give us a call! And refer your friends and relatives to us; referrals are a huge part of our success.
PS: You can click the little images and see the larger original files, if you ever want to see details of our photos. I just found that out myself.