Can There REALLY be more door drama?

April 27, 2013

From Janelle:

After all the Front Door drama it is hard to believe that there can be more. Standard ordinary “panel” doors are just not in the master plan and we’d always figured that we’d install glass panel doors with either the full length of the door glass or panes similar to the front door.

That was before Contractor Don gave me a catalog from Trustile and pointed out Vogue Collection Model AD3030. I fell in love but when we got a quote from Door Guy Kevin (different from the Door Girls who provided the windows) my enthusiasm quickly deflated. They were crazy expensive. Kevin saw a sale slipping through his fingers, contacted his sources and was able to arrange for a local manufacturer to fabricate SIMILAR doors for us. He was careful to stress the similar so I hope they are everything that we’ve hoped and dreamed they will be. Keep your fingers crossed.

From Lewis:

Not worried at all. Everyone has a knock off of something. The only thing missing is the manufacturer name on the tag. There are a lot of skilled craftsmen out there who can look at something and duplicate it. It is only a door right?

From Janelle:

Ha! It’s never “it’s only” anything. Everything sounds so easy…..

Have you had a project that just didn’t quite live up to your vision?


Who Would Buy Andy Warhol Tile?

April 21, 2013

From Janelle:

Well, me. It was an impulse buy.  Not normally something you think about in a remodeling format but I went to the tile store to pick up some additional glass trim pieces for the bathroom and poked around to see what was new. I was so excited when I saw it that I could hardly contain myself and even the normally unenthusiastic tile salespeople were grooving on the find. I took a photo, ordered a piece and anxiously waited two days for it to come in. I excitedly showed Lewis my discovery for the New Bar Tile since we were having trouble locating the orange bubble tile (See January 27, 2013 post “Buyer’s Remorse Part Deux”) but he firmly instituted his Veto Power and said NO.

Undismayed I pressed until he agreed that he could live with it in the guest room “vanity”. I knew that I would be painting the room orange and the Andy Warhol was a perfect accent. The pattern is busy, one inch square portraits mish mashed together like a psychedelic quilt filled with Campbell’s soup cans and mini Marilyns so the small space is perfect.

Now for that lime green couch….

From Lewis:

Sometimes I don’t know where she gets these inspirations. But if you want to see the Warhol display look for it in the electric orange room. WHAT LIME GREEN COUCH???

What floats your boat that your partner could live without?





April 14, 2013

From Janelle:

Why are written words so much more powerful than spoken words? Is it because they’re visual, they are printed on paper or in an electronic format, stored perhaps forever? Or is it the way our brain processes them, because they do exist and one can see them, are they therefore more commanding and important? Written words are meant to be read and reread, each person reading the words see the exact same words as the person before him although each experiences them differently.

I see words in my head, they float around me, wanting context, proof of existence. Words pour out of me, desiring to be written down, crowding faster and faster in my mind so that I can barely get them down before they escape my memory and evaporate forever as I grasp for them much as a child attempts to capture bubbles from his wand as they float just out of reach.

Spoken words are unimportant, irrelevant, forgotten before they’re uttered. Our words were lost this week. Words are meant to be heard, words are for direction, instruction, information. We have been lost in a sea of words, crashing against each other like waves in a storm or we’re on different currents, swirling around each other but not making contact with words. Each sees things a different way and we can’t seem to verbally paint a picture so that the other understands.

Do we try again or acknowledge the fact that it is so and not create additional frustration and conflict? That we see differently as well. We did manage to decide on flooring and faucet/air vent/garbage disposal button/soap dispensers today. Progress.

From Lewis:

I agree. Words are important, but when words are used to invoke thought towards a discussion the only words that actually stick are the FINAL WORD. Until then most of the words are absorbed and given consideration to towards the Final Word and some just disappear once their usefulness is gone. So find that final word embrace it, make sure it makes sense. Then write it down just in case you didn’t make it clear that it was the FINAL WORD!!! Or of course write it on a Dixi cup and tape it to your sink.



Are We DONE Yet?

April 7, 2013

From Janelle:


Thanks for the incredible feedback on our last post.  Lewis’ last line was the topper and several people remarked that they burst out loud laughing.    We both have a dry sense of humor but twenty-plus years of fire department locker room hilarity have honed his wit in a demented way that only hard worn years could have.  I trade barbs with blue collar guys in the male dominated workforce that I exist in and while I do come up with amazing comebacks, eventually, Lewis is quick and truly hilarious.

In addition to the many positive comments I’ve also received as many complaints that I haven’t done much updating or picture posting and after two weeks (and a million hours at the office) here it is.  This is for you Mary Ann, you always ask for more words!

Are We Done Yet?

It seems like we have been remodeling forever. We tried to keep things moving and stay ahead by ordering supplies in time but there was a miscommunication between all parties regarding replacing ALL stucco in the entry way. “The guys” figured that we wouldn’t touch the garage wall but I want the entry to be “finished” so that when you open the gate there is only FABULOULNESS, not a twenty foot long hideously troweled plaster eyesore. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that we needed to order two more windows so that the new stucco won’t require patching later.

A high wire trapeze act is set to commence at any moment. Aluminum posts covered with years of paint and cement criss cross the entry like bayonets in a military ceremony and platforms stand ready for workers to perform their balancing acts. Regrettably a six to eight week lead time on the windows has delayed any activity until after delivery on May 6.

The cabinets have been painted and the finished doors will be installed next week. One positive outcome of the delay is that spring has arrived and we are not freezing while windows are open to allow paint fumes to float away with the breeze.

The kitchen backsplash, guest bedroom “vanity” backsplash and guest bathroom tile has all be installed and the “orange bubble” tile for the bar is traveling across the sea from Spain. The U.S. distributor went belly up but Lewis managed to track some down after speaking with wholesalers in Spain, Italy and finally someone in Florida who was loading up a shipment. Lewis’ nickname “The Bloodhound” has been reconfirmed.

After the interior walls have been painted (I have my fingers crossed for this week!) we can install the sinks, faucets, garbage disposals, oven, and stove but the bar appliances and refrigerator must wait until after the floors are installed. I know we’re getting close but it is hard to believe that we may actually be able to cook somewhere besides the bathroom soon, very soon. The impending completion date has made it increasingly more difficult to wait. For the first time I am anxious, very anxious about finishing in an I-can-hardly-stand-it-anymore-I’ve-been-very-patient-with-this-lack-of-kitchen-situation-and-I-can-now-actually-SEE-us-cooking-in-the-new-kitchen-and-I-just-can’t-wait-any-more-kind-of-way.

The custom stair railing has been ordered and when that has been installed, the radiant heat will be laid down and last, the hardwood floors. The floors, surprisingly, have been the most difficult decision. We found wood that we like and love the color and the size of the wide planks but a plentitude of knots give it too much of a “farmhouse” feel for my taste. The search continues.

From Lewis:

Yes another 6-8 more weeks for the scaffolding but only because we did not make a decision on the unanswered question that could not be answered because….we knew we would be working in phases that would eventually all tie in together but there has to be a point, a spot, imaginary line where you stop the phase you are in and that decision was made a couple times each adding a delay of some sort due to other choices for that extension of the project. This time it was because we extended the new stucco to the sidewalk and we of course needed to order custom made windows so let’s hope for a May 17 completion date unless????

From Janelle:

There is no good place to stop…..It would have been easier to tear the hose down and start over. Live and learn….

What are you waiting for that feels like it is taking a life time to finish?












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