Garage Week 2

So this was a relatively big week - but at the same time not a whole lot happened from a construction perspective. I spent a lot of time this week on the kitchenette. Like a lot of time. But it all feels really valuable. Designing the kitchenette is important because it's not easy to change after it's installed. Cabinet color? That can be fixed. Sink placement? Not as easy.

I'm trying to get a whole lot accomplished in this small amount of space... and a recent discussion has caused me to really assess whether or not a more substantial cooking appliance should be added.

Okay... so here's the summary....
Things that happened:
  • lots of blueskin up on the exterior walls
  • flooring went up for the 2nd floor 
  • East and West walls got framed up and vertical - and you can see the framing for the Marvin windows!
  • found out the mudroom tile is delayed for 6 weeks from Bellew Tile
  • so much kitchenette thinking
  • so much garage door talk
  • limited research on decorative brackets

Want more details? Ok, here you go.
This is a far bigger headache than it needs to be honestly. Why you ask? Well, I don't want to go back to my original kitchen company after some mistakes in the design and install process way back when. So who am I talking to now? 
  • Hingham Lumber - I initially started the process with Hingham Lumber and was feeling really confident. Unfortunately, it didn't feel like the most collaborative process and I totally understand their side of it. They don't want to put a lot of effort into the design unless they know they have the business.... but I can't give them the business unless I know they can accomplish the design.
  • Cape Cod Lumber - I reached out to Cape Cod since they seem to carry a relatively similar line of cabinets to HL. Haven't gotten too far into this process yet but hopefully I didn't scare off the designer with my very long email including pictures
  • I've also talked with my architect and she might have another contact for me to handle the slightly tricky custom work. Unfortunately, I'm even more invested in the custom work if I decide to add a stove because that cuts down the counter space even more. (Read this post if you want to know what I'm looking at)
Garage Door
This feels like actually buying a car in terms of complexity. There are SO MANY brands but it is hard to really see how different they actually are. And just like buying a car, each dealer carries different brands so it is a little complicated to compare proposals. 

At this point, I've talked to 4 or 5 different companies. Maybe I'll end up writing a bigger post about how to shop for a garage door.... but I'd really like to lock down this decision next week.

My Current Homework List
  • garage door supplier
  • kitchenette design / appliances
  • find and purchase 4 decorative brackets for the southern side of the house

No comments

Post a Comment