Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Still Not Yet

I am posting this as my Slice of Life today.  I don't usually post my Gull Haven site as a slice, but it occurred to me that it is a slice as I wrote today.  Some of you are familiar with this site and saga, others are not.  Six years ago in August, we purchased a small house across the road from the ocean... near a working dock again, closer than we are now.  We had the goal of working on it with a contractor, over the next few years getting it ready for our place to retire.  I retired first, and we continued to work on it - very slowly - and now that my husband has retired as of last December, we are moving ahead on getting in.  Our move in date was to be May 1.  It has not worked out to be that date.  We are still in our old home.  There are a few updates on this site as we made progress on renovating and updating this old house.  If you are inclined, you can certainly go back to read up on the progress over the years.  But here is today's post for Gull Haven:

Not in the new house yet.  We are awaiting instructions from Lowes on getting our new new cabinets.  Our cabinets were installed just over a week ago.  And there were issues.  The installation was horrendous.  So many problems.  I called Lowes and an adjuster came out to see what the problems were and take pictures.  Lowes would tell me what the options were.  Instead I told them what the options were.  I ordered a "new" kitchen, not a repaired kitchen.  My options were to be refunded for the cabinets and the installation so I could start over with anyone anywhere, or to get a new set of the same cabinets (with some design flaws fixed) and refund the installation amount so my own contractor could install them.  Someone from headquarters called and agreed that the job wasn't right and said they would do whichever option I preferred.

I oped to get new Schuler cabinets from Lowes - just the same as we have - only meet with a senior designer and have our contractor put them in this time.  We will soon meet to reorder cabinets with a few adjustments to the design.  The new cabinets will be ordered, and the botched ones taken out.  Delivery will be in about 8 weeks.  Summer will  essentially be over.

But we are making the most of our extended stay here.  It is the first summer that we have both been retired, so we are on the motorcycles and down at the beach many of the sunny days so far.  We are not moving fast on clearing out our old house, and that will most likely become a problem for the future, but right now it is too much for my brain to handle.  I will relax amid all the clutter and disarray (wish I hadn't started packing now!) and try to just enjoy the summer on the bikes.  It is hard to find stuff, and I don't really want to unpack boxes.  I've had to partially, just to get cooking utensils I need!

We have already changed churches, thinking we would be in the house by now.  This new church would have been closer than the hour+ we've traveled back and forth to church for the past 16 years, but since we are still here, it is an hour+ from here to this one, too.  Same amount of gas each week!  At least we will be settled into the new church when we get there.  I miss my old church though...the singing, my Sunday School class, our friends.  I'm sure this will feel like home, too, soon enough.  The people have been very welcoming.

Okay, I said I wouldn't put any of the photos of the botched job up, but I just can't resist this one.  I will not mention any names, and remember, Lowes is making good on this job!
This was just NOT pleasing to me.
Really, this drawer front has two little screws so you can remove it if you need to.  Maybe you could even do that to put the knob on?  Or I guess you could just cut a gouge on the inside.  It's probably quicker, and, besides the little missus, who would ever see that? 

The cabinets were installed so poorly that there is no salvaging that can be done and still end up with a new kitchen.  Best it could be is a visibly repaired kitchen.

We haven't met with the designer yet, but they said they would replace all the cabinets and refund my installation cost so I can have my contractor do it this time.  Though I'm still waiting to hear from the designer, I have been assured all will be made right!

It will be exciting to see it all done: all level, straight, in line, no cracks, no black sheetrock screws...and no gouges.  Add the countertop and appliances, the lighting, the curtains... our table.  I'm excited to see what is so far only visible in my mind!

Meanwhile, I'll continue to shuffle about here, looking at curtains online,
Maybe I'll post some images when we get to cabinet destruction and reinstall... or some rosettes and curtains... But right now, it's roses and coffee!

 This morning's fragrance is indescribable!

I will fill up my "wait time" with "great time"!
Ah...another "ho hum day" in paradise!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Yet More Delays

Okay, the cabinets did not go in when expected and we have a reschedule date of June 5.  Seems that no one can contact each other for verifications.  This time I just said do it.  I'll be there if our contractor can't make it.  I did warn them though that NOBODY wants ME there.  I am a stickler for straight and perfect and I don't always know the order things are done, so can get nervous  about something when I don't have to - they aren't finished with it yet.

The bathroom sink supports were done and the sinks put in (they are huge... wasn't ready for that!), and the toilets were hung.  The toilets were hung too high though, so those have to both be lowered.  My feet don't touch the floor and I don't want to put little footstools by them.  So no water yet.

Yet, yet, yet.  When will it be yet?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

THE Cabinet and THE Knobs

It's a done deal!  This is the kitchen flooring; we had the tile put in a couple of weeks ago, replacing the hardwood we had originally put down that I wasn't crazy about.  I haven't seen the grout yet, but Tim was up there after it was grouted in dark green "Asparagus" color.
Then, here's the cabinet and the knob combo... I finally, finally settled on the cabinet knobs!  I found these online and ordered them, and I am so excited! 

The cabinets are FINALLY going in on Monday - in two days - on Tim's birthday.  Then the  quartz countertop will arrive shortly after that we are hoping!

We thought the bathrooms would be done, but the toilets and sinks for the bathrooms are Toto and all are wall mounted.  The Toto toilets are in, but the bathroom sinks will be in someday soon.  They were supposed to be in on Tuesday this past week, but the structure for them was not behind the wall, so they are going to have to break into the wall, put a 2x6 in, sheetrock those walls again and repaint.

The mudroom is being added, along with a deck.  We may be in before it is complete, but as long as we have a bedroom and one bathroom we will be fine!

I hope to get a picture here soon with everything in place...but for now, imagine the following items all together in this recap of what we ended up selecting for the kitchen:

Still packing up and sorting here, as there is no huge hurry until the bathrooms are there!

Friday, December 16, 2016


The knob arrived, and though I thought I'd really, really like it, and almost did...
it has some problems.
The first problem is that it arrived with a "stress" crack and a few other cracks in the acrylic.  It is also acrylic, so it is a little lighter weight and has some surface scratching that looks like it will show wear.
So, unless I want to inspect each and every knob and be prepared to send some back for replacements (and potentially need to do that process again!), I'm passing on these.  Too bad.  I liked the concept.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Kitchen Bits

I have found my tiles, and they have arrived!  The kitchen cabinets are here, also.  I just ordered my kitchen faucet and am looking at cabinet hardware.  Here are some images.  The tile will have a dark green grout instead of light, and I'm not sure of the nickel knob yet.
I'm still looking.  I'll have a nickel faucet, so this would match and I like the beading on the cabinet and knob matching.
However, I also like this acrylic knob with green and nickel.  The sample is coming soon, so I'll be able to see it next to the tile and cabinet for real.  Then I'll know.
And here's the faucet that is on its way any day now!
So we're on our way to a full-fledged kitchen.  We have the narrow LG refrigerator and a small dishwasher, all white.  I can hardly wait to get pictures of the finished room.  Kitchens are a lot harder to do than others.  So many separate items need to coordinate!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Kitchen Commencing

I gave in and went to Lowe's.  What a relief!  Someone came out and measured the kitchen!  Now I don't have to worry that I did it all wrong.  Someone else may have, but it isn't my doing.
I did actually pick the tile "Silestone - Tea Leaf" for the countertops after going with a couple other options in my head. At the last minute, though, I ran back to "Tea Leaf" with it's combination of greens, sand and white.
The cabinets went from "Diamond" in a "Fired Brick" color, to "Schuler" in a "Saffron" color.  I picked the Tiffany style door.  I had come across this combination a couple of weeks ago and tried all sorts of other combinations in my mind before coming back to the Tiffany door in a classic yellow.

The change from the dark blue or the brick colors came about when I started to picture it with the white appliances.  It seemed like it would end up being a checkerboard effect with the dark and white repeat across the room, and might just be too dark for a small room.  The yellow would be much more subtle a difference, and very cheery, and enlarging the look of the room.

We are changing the flooring in the kitchen from wood to tile.  Not sure which tile yet.  But there had been a leak in the roof that came down into the kitchen and got under the flooring.  I don't like the feel of the floor now.  It seems to be punky, so we are taking it up and putting down tile.  I want it to be cheery, too!  So I'm on a hunt now for tiles!

No images will upload today... must be too foggy here...
I'll try again later when the tide is in.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Some Kitchen Thoughts

We seem to run into delays all the time, so we are not ready to move in yet... The new roof needs to go on. When we bought the place they figured we'd have about 5 years more on it, and it has been five years... So we are putting on a metal roof that looks like a green tiled, shingled roof. And we are putting on solar panels, since the roof is angled and located just right. It will save us money on electricity on our retirement incomes.

I am looking at these navy blue cabinets for the kitchen.  I have a dark green in our home now and I love them.  If I could do them again here, I believe that I would.  But it seems that I should go for a different color just to keep moving on!  The quartz works with the cabinets, the sink, the other woodwork, the walls.

Here are some cabinet knobs I'm considering.  Remember I'm trying to take into consideration the lighting fixtures also!


I love the painted ones, but am wondering if they will be just too busy and distracting.  I want them to make me smile, but not in a crazy way!  Maybe I should order one of each to see what they look like.  Maybe I should use one of each!

I think I see which one it should be now that I have them all together with the lighting fixtures.  That orange one - looks like the flower on the cream porcelain beside it and a flower in the stained glass.  Not too distracting, and still colorful!  It has a bit of green like the kitchen wall also.  That was not a serious contender until I saw it with the rest of the stuff!  I thought it was going to be the first blue one.

Monday, February 15, 2016

It Will Be Spring Soon...

And spring is the time we plan to move here.  It will be a bittersweet time.  I have bought up some "new" retired Corelle dinnerware on ebay, to replace my heavy stoneware.  My back and shoulders won't handle cumbersome items that are stored above my head.  It I store things up in cupboards, they will stay there, and we will eat off paper plates.  So out with the old and in with the new old.  Summer Blush pattern with colorful, red, yellow and purple pansies on them will work well with the kitchen colors and fixtures.  I had been looking at Corelle for a  while, but couldn't find a pattern that I liked.  Then I went on ebay and found this pattern, and I've now bought piecemeal, all the pieces that I think I'll need.  I'm debating the matching canister set.  I have a set of bean pots that I use as canisters which I received as a wedding present way long time ago.  I have a sentimental attachment to them, but don't know if I should carry on with them.  They are VERY HEAVY and from about 1970.  Maybe I could use them somewhere else...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day Lilies

Just had to post this picture taken last weekend up here.  These are why the door is the color it is.  I just love day lilies!  They are pretty happy flowers and they don't need my attention at all... except for stopping to admire them.

 And then this quick view out the front door where off to the side you can see one of the patches of day lilies and a tiny glimpse of the cove.

Day lilies potted three years ago to save them from the excavation - time to plant them.

It doesn't look like we will get there this summer.  Maybe next summer.  We need to get some work done in the basement to get it drier, so that will come before most everything else now.  Also will need a generator installed shortly.  I guess THEN I can have a kitchen, finished bathrooms and a mudroom.  And that's all I need...

There are updated tacked on the end of kitchen, livingroom and guess with some new photos.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Outside Doors Painted

The doors were painted last week.  I'd picked a vibrant daylily color.  It was my first choice, then I wavered and started chickening out to go with a sea blue, then a green that would match the peak of the house.  I settled on one of those, but by the time I'd driven home, I had gone back to daringly vibrant again!
And now that it is on the doors, I'm glad that I went the brave route.  I am liking it.
I still think I need some white cornice fretwork up in the peak.  Right?

Here's the view from the open back door (Vibrant Day Lily), across my new finished kitchen floor, and into the livingroom.  You can't tell from the lighting here, but the kitchen is actually a lighter green than the livingroom.
And here is the livingroom flooring finished.  It still has some dark stains on it probably from an old kerosene heater or wood stove once upon a time.  The wood stacked is trim for windows and doorways.  It is still too light red for my taste, so we are working on darkening it up some. I want a nice shine to it, so it needs a good shiny coat of shellac.

Still not kitchen cabinets picked out.  Bathroom fixtures are not installed.  Stairs are not done.  I don't think we'll be spending any days there this summer either...sigh.