That’s right, all is continuing according to plan. Last week the walls got drywall, and this week they got taped and floated. I’ll put photos at the end of this post. It looks like the rest of the new windows are going to have to go in next, which will make a huge difference.
Plus, the final room that needed drywall got its skin. Since it’s intented to be Mandi’s personal bedroom when she buys the place, she was more than a little thrilled, as you can see. She gets misty-eyed over there a lot. The whole place really looks like a house now, which prompted us to bite the bullet and move on to the next thing.
A personal visit to Lowe’s
We could not put the inevitable off any longer. We had to order the rest of the materials for the house. You can’t install flooring without the tile and laminate, and it’s really useful for bedrooms to have doors.
Thus, on Friday, we bravely headed to the Lowe’s in Temple, not really looking forward to visiting the pro desk to order things. So, first we selected stuff that we could get then and there. You know it is not the wrong item if you pick the box up yourself and load it onto a cart. We got most of the light fixtures all in the same rather rustic family. There will be the one you see in the photo hanging from the highest point in the house to light the stairway, then a smaller sconce to match, and a dining room chandelier that is rectangular to go in the dining area. We had to order that one, though, so our fingers are crossed.
The master bath lighting is a curvy one with Edison bulbs. You can either use or not use shades on it. I’ll try to get a photo of that for next time.
We also personally selected a really interesting vanity that is flexible—there is a separate drawer unit, so with one of them it’s 36 inches, but you can add another one to make it 49 inches. There isn’t room enough for a 60-inch vanity in the master bedroom, but 49 will fit. It’s almost like getting a custom unit. That’s a good idea for non-standard sized bathrooms! It’s the Morecott family of vanities, if you want to look at them.
We still needed those doors and floors
We selected porcelein bathroom tile that is inexpensive, but looks like it will hide dirt and look good with the rest of the bathroom selections. Hooray, at least one item is under budget! We also finally settled on flooring for the rest of the house. We think Chris got it level enough to be okay. And even the slightly thicker grade was in budget, thanks to being on sale, so we won on that.
Once we had all those product numbers, we trudged over to the pro desk, where a smiling lady greeted us. We said we needed to order doors and floors and she looked us up. Once she did that, she got ALL super helpful, and said how sorry she was we had a bad online experience. She called the door guy and said, “Two lovely ladies are coming back to order some doors.” I am pretty darned sure that “lovely ladies” means “problem customer; treat them with kid gloves.”
So the door guy, who was actually pretty grumpy due to being oh-so-busy, tried his best to be super helpful, and got the doors selected quite quickly, though the flooring order took a lot of calculating on his and another guy’s part. But, we are now pretty sure we have ordered the right stuff for the advertised price. We’ll see when the delivery truck arrives, I guess.
Anyway, kudos to the Temple Lowe’s and their staff. They really are trying hard to keep our business. And Mandi and I even managed to have fun.
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