This week at the Bobcat Lair, the rehab project we’re going to be living in soon, some of the beautiful things are getting installed. We still have over a week to wait for the oven and cooktop, but we do have some of the other things that people notice first in a renovation! The wow factors!
What excitement it was to see the kitchen backsplash going up. We realized the Versailles pattern marble has little bits of oxidation in it that echo the bits of tan/brown in the floor tile and the flecks of gold in the island top.
I realized how well I could see the backsplash…that was because Ruben had installed under-cabinet lighting throughout the room. And also, the lights over the island were in. Four of them, not three. They put in another light for me, which is what I’d originally wanted (judging from the fact that I bought four fixtures in the first place). Sigh, the kitchen really is coming together. Just need the knobs and the appliances.
Wandering into the next room we found more lighting. My medium-sized sputnik fixture is up in the dining room (there’s also one in the office, but it will be moved to the breakfast nook). I can’t wait until the BIG sputnik goes up in the stairwell.
Oh, did I say stairwell? I did! As the young folks would say, “Squee!” The stair rails are up! Every single one of them is a work of art! One is needing to be repaired, but the rest are in, just waiting for the wooden rails. As one of the few dark accents in the house, these are a real highlight. Along with the light fixture and a big piece of art, they will make the formerly enclosed stairs into a the focal point. How about that?
We also have all the doorknobs installed. Anita and I practiced trapping ourselves in the wine room. It will be great for a time-out.
A Funny Story
I really have to share this story of an oops moment. We were in the new laundry room discussing whether we needed under-cabinet lighting in there (because we have a spare light). The overhead light resembles a small sun, but it does cast a shadow under the cabinets. Suddenly, Ruben the general contractor cocked his head and said, “Wait a minute.” Then he began cursing. Boom, he started banging on the wall until the outline of a screw appeared. “They covered the @#%*&% outlet!” he exclaimed. Yep, whoever did the walls managed to cover up not only the outlet for the washer, but also the outlet for the dryer, the big ole giant one!
Ruben was darned glad he remembered exactly where the outlets were, and promised to have them exposed again by the next time we came in. Since Anita and I have been living in Villa Park since November, where my front-loading washer and dryer don’t really fit (we can barely open the doors), we have truly looked forward to easy access laundry facilities. We’d like to be able to plug them in!
It’s always something when you are renovating a house. I look forward to running out of stories, at least on my own houses.
Later the Same Week
When we dropped by later in the week, we didn’t see much else, mainly because the final electrical stuff was being done, so there was no power–not much renovation work can be done without power tools!
The backsplash was done, and waiting to be grouted, though. It sure looks good. And the final stair rail in the new bedroom had been installed. It looks so nice against the orange walls (photos below).
And, I guess it’s sad; I’m not sure. I do like plants, but this variety is one I can do without. The red-tipped photinia (I admit I can’t spell that, but I guessed right) to the right of the garage had been removed. It was right on top of the electrical box, and the code inspector had said it had to go. At least we won ONE battle with the homeowners’ association. They had to let us cut that one down. This foreshadows the next battle. Ruben is going to get permission to build better steps leading up to the entrance to the house, because the current entrance is hazardously sloped. (Well, the whole driveway is, but we can’t fix some of it–blame the builder.) All that exterior fun will come after the interior is done.
Sue Ann Kendall is a partner and Director of Social Media with Hermit Haus Redevelopment. As a professional writer and long-time blogger, she enjoys managing the company’s social media presence and has lots of opinions on colors and styling for our renovated houses. She’s very grateful to all her friends and colleagues who share our blogs and posts, and likes to share what others do, so keep in touch! Sue Ann and her husband, Lee, have renovated many houses, and they built their ranch home from the ground up. That was fun.