A couple of small snags

You know, the building process has been fantastic the past few weeks. The contractors have gotten so much done it’s just incredible. But this week we did hit a couple of snags that will need to be worked out. Take a look at our fireplace wall.


I drew some lines on the sides so you could see just how crooked the wall really is. The builder has tried to patch with drywall to straighten it, but I truly believe it’s a framing issue. I wish I had caught it before drywall went up, but the wood they used to frame out the fireplace was warped. The right side is much worse than the left side, but both are noticeably crooked. Bobby assured me that they would fix it, and I trust he’ll get the job done before closing.

The other snag we ran into was with the bathroom cabinets. We purchased the same floor plan as the model home which had an enclosed water closet. But for some reason our floor plan was not supposed to have a WC as a standard option. We thought it was an error on the part of the architect who drew up our plans, so we added a wall to enclose the toilet during our pre-con meeting. Now our bathroom cabinets won’t fit. Oops. And it will cost us $750 and take one month to get custom cabinets to fit the space. Double Oops.

So what do we do? We compromise. I’ve never liked having two sinks in the bathroom. Michael and I are never getting ready at the same time, and quite frankly that’s just one more sink I have to clean. I’ve told Bobby that if we can eliminate one of the sinks and just have an empty knee space where the last cabinet would not fit, I’ll be able to use it as a vanity area and it will be exactly what I wanted in the first place. Problem solved (hopefully)! He’s going to call me in the morning and let me know if that is a viable option for us. Fingers crossed.

Aside from those two things we’re in very good shape and have been promised a closing date of August 30th. That’s a mere five weeks away! We’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel! Here are a few more pics of the progress.




This is the little drop zone beside the laundry room. We’ve never had a dedicated space for things like mail and electronic devices that need to be charged, so this is going to be a fantastic new space for us to try out. If anyone has ideas on how to get the most out of a space like this, drop me a comment… I’m all eyes and ears.

On the interior design front, I’m starting to get all our big furniture items ordered and/or built and getting them ready for shipping after closing. We’ve received our first Hunter sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and we really like it. I have another one on order that should be ready for delivery right around our closing date.

For the coffee table and end table I’ve decided to construct my own. After composing a layout of the great room I figured out that I’ll need one 38″x38″ end table for the corner of the room and  one 48″x54″ coffee table for the center of the room. I’ve always been in love with marble-top tables like this:

But I can’t seem to find it in the exact sizes I need. And I also want a gold or brass finish on the base. And the marble top is definitely out. We would stain and etch that marble top quicker than you could say “coffee and red wine”. So I did some research and ended up commissioning Anthony of Steel Beautiful to make the table bases to order.


Anthony does lots of custom work and he even took the time to bring samples to my house so I could choose the size of steel rod I wanted. Check out this industrial style shelving unit he constructed for a design client:


Love the raw industrial look of these shelves. Anthony works fast, too. In less than one week we were picking up the custom table bases!


This is the coffee table base. (We had to break out the motorcycle trailer since it wouldn’t fit in the car.) This is obviously a raw steel but I’ll be working on getting these bases either painted, rub-n-buffed or gold leafed. Haven’t quite decided which I’ll be doing yet.

I’ll be topping these bases with slabs of Arctic White quartz from Southern Stone. The pure white will be fresh and polished, and because it’s quartz it will be stain and scratch resistant. Perfect for a family that likes to really live in their living room.

I’ll post again when the table base finishes are done. Because the quartz slabs will be so heavy I’ll be waiting until a week before our closing date to have those made so I can have them delivered straight to the new house. The small slab will weigh in at a whopping 181 lbs! I DO NOT want to move those suckers if I don’t have to!

The finish line is near… more updates to come!