When I got back to NY, it was really cold. So cold that on Saturday it snowed! We went to this cool place in Ft. Greene called "Eddie's" to get a 5 panel door for the bathroom and for the new closet. We found at least one door that worked!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
We've never really thought of products in terms of weight - until we had to move it up 4 flights of stairs. Let me break it down for you:
Bathroom wall/tub tile = 360 lbs
Bathroom floor tile = 120 lbs
Kitchen flooring = 132 lbs (including adhesive)
Dishwasher = 70 lbs
Attic Ladder = 58 lbs
Bathroom Mirror =32 lbs
Bathroom light = 10 lbs
Toilet = 68 lbs
TOTAL WEIGHT = 850 LBS!
Monday, October 24, 2011
So, Dave had wanted this LG fridge - ("At 31cf, it's ginormous! We'll never run out of space!"). I was having problems making the floor plan in the kitchen work, so we settled on a counter depth fridge. Turns out that was the best decision ever, as we would have had to re-sell the LG if we had gotten it - it wouldn't have made it up to our apartment. We found this GE Cafe fridge on CL from the same guy who sold us our washer dryer and haven't looked back. We love it!
When it was delivered Saturday from NJ, the guys had to take off all the doors and drawers to get it through our hallways. And the hallways are a little worse for wear because of it (we will patch after we're done with deliveries), but the delivery guys were amazing - they hoofed the piece up 4 flights and got it into our apartment and re-assembled it. For the record, it weighed a ton (well, literally 395lbs, but that is a lot for two people). We are so glad that it works, because we are not moving it. EVER.
I love that it has an ice-maker (first time for me since I left for college - 13 years ago whoa time flies!) AND an internal water dispenser (no extra thing to clean on the front!). The fridge I had growing up had this feature and I remember loving it as a kid. And lastly, Dave loves the little red GE...it's the little things in life.
Things are coming together! We decided to go with a matching stove that we *hopefully will have delivered this coming Saturday from LI. I do not envy those delivery guys either. Size wise we should be fine, but the weight? 245 lbs - a bit less, but I don't think you can take off the doors...
We opened the door to a surprise! Our contractor was not supposed to start work till Monday, but his crew started Friday. To our amazement, he had made great progress on the kitchen and bath. Below you see the skyline in the bathroom above the toilet and sink area.
So exciting!! Will keep you posted as the demo continues next week and construction starts! The contractor will have a tape outline for our approval by Wednesday night. Laundry closet here we come!!
Monday, October 17, 2011
One of the things I love about our building is that it has a dogwood in the front bed (dogwoods are the Tennessee state tree - my old stomping grounds). Ivy had taken over the front bed and M+B had given us some bulbs to plant...a perfect excuse to do some gardening. I don't think I have done any gardening in 15+ years...It came back pretty easily - rip up what you don't want, trim what you do want. It actually was fun (did my mom just read that?)!
Hudson had fun cruising along the walk and playing peek-a-boo in the vestibule. Such a cutie!
Hoping that if we keep watering it, it will take!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
We are in the process of procuring all the elements for our renovation. It should be a short schedule - only 4-6 weeks and we have to be prepared with everything we are providing which has meant we've had to make lots of decisions pretty quickly. Below is what the kitchen *currently* looks like:
Don't worry - the ladder is just access to the attic - it's not down most of the time. Also, the pink is nice, no? We debated about keeping it, but then decided to go with a warm grey. We used Ikea's Kitchen planner that I've enhanced a little bit with photoshop for a schematic view. Our dining table will be in front of the fire place and the sofa and lounge pieces will facing the opposite wall.
2. Our counters will be Caesarstone - light and airy, but with some texture. Most importantly easy to maintain. We like the look of thin counters so we are using the slabs that are only 3/4" thick. The thinner slabs are also about 20-30% less money! The color we chose was 4600 "Natural White". We are now coordinating with an installer to see if we will need a boom to get the 9' slab into our apartment. We are testing out the size this weekend to confirm it will fit in our stair well (thankfully the ceilings are high!).
these new pendants from West Elm. They would add a bit more sparkle. We mignt now do a cluster of the three Tom Dixon lights in the "office" area (get a new canopy that can accomodate the three lights). Will keep you posted!
6. The flooring we chose was rubber tile from Nora. It is resilient, easy to maintain and adds texture with the round dots. I love that it is a sustainable material as well as "honest." We had considered doing porcelain, but the height difference between the surrounding wood floors and the tile would have been a more expensive problem. This rubber is thin, so the transition will be easy with the new subfloor. Also the grey will break up the dark floors and the dark cabinets (excuse the bathroom picture below - turns out rubber floors in bathrooms is a common thing in Europe).
The backsplash will be white 3" x 6" subway tile with grey grout and we got the kitchen sink and faucet from Signature Plumbing. I am so excited to have a double sink! Last time I had one was over 12 years ago when I was living with my parents. I also love that the faucet has a pull out spray - easier access to those two sinks!