|Left side from Alex's room|
|Right side from the master closet|
|Master bath view from shower looking in|
|Facing out the master bath (shower is 5' square at one end)|
|Guest bath picture window (Albert doesn't care for this feature), facing the temporary wall|
|Facing out the picture window in the guest bath|
|Alex's bachelor bathroom facing the shower|
|Facing master closet|
|Master closet - stupendous for sure|
All contractors interviewed have had two complaints about these plans. First complaint was the specification of Schluter Jolly edges for the tiling. We’ll get to that in the future tiling post when the tile guy tries to talk me out of them. The second complaint has been the complexity of the cabinets. The cabinets were designed to be wired with lights on the top of the medicine cabinets, outlets on the side of the medicine cabinets, and lights on the bottom of the main cabinet.
Nobody wanted to build them so they priced them REALLY high. I thought the cabinets were kind of a cool idea, and left them in the plan, even though removing them and substituting with something more straightforward surely would have reduced costs. I have panicked and taken short cuts before and always regretted them. This time I stuck to my guns. Besides, we were in pretty deep, so I figured, what’s another $,$$$ to have perfect cabinets? Every remodeler knows this stage of the project. It is a devil-may-care time before you really start writing the checks.
At the end of the week, the contractor had me meet with Greg the "master cabinet maker." Greg is about 5’ 4”, and pushing 80 easily. My Dad is something of a master woodworker hobbyist himself and even he quit in his early 70’s after he chopped off part of a finger a few years ago. Greg has a hearing aid (just like my Dad), and pondered the plans carefully. He didn't seem intimidated. While Greg and the electrician conferred on the cabinets, I picked out the stain. Hopefully, all will turn out well.
Now for the bad news (okay no melodrama ... just "sad" news). The real camping has finally begun. I don’t think Albert and Alex care too much, but for me, this stage of the project has become most inconvenient. The framers this week broke into our guest bathroom and re-appropriated the sink and replaced it with the temporary wall.
The laundry room sink has become the bathroom sink and blow drying station. Worse yet, is the open cabinet door beneath the sink -- where we keep the litter box. That means you stand in front of the sink with your bare feet in kitty gravel. Gross.
Alex sleeps in the office. The cats like this and sleep on his bed every chance they get. Normally they are locked out of his bedroom so they were immediately attracted to his mattress. Cats instinctively know what you MOST do not want them to do.
And, I do my makeup at the kitchen counter. And put on my contacts. In full view of my roommates. They are super helpful.