A lot of work has been accomplished this past week at Lovermore. Pretty much all of it while I was gone on a business trip in Minnesota, planning our community solar gardens there. So muchas gracias to Rich who kept all this work moving along while I was out of the state. The electrical work is all done. I love the new wall sconces in the great room, they add so much warmth and light!
New and improved ceiling fan/light combos look much classier and deliver more light to the rooms. You can also see in the picture on the left below that we are preparing to wall-mount the TV.
And I love the colorful pendant lights we hung in the kitchen and bar area. They don’t look so interesting when the lights are off but when the lights are on, you see this really interesting marbling effect through the shades. I’ll have to get another picture of them when the lights are on.
As you can see, we also have the walls and trim painted. I like the look, much warmer than all the cold white before. There is still brick around the fireplace though. It will be another week before we have the new tile installed. We decided on a split-face travertine for around the fireplace opening and a 18×18 filled and honed travertine for the hearth. So that will be installed after Thanksgiving but before the Christmas party.
Now on to the snafus. Our cabinet installer, Isaac, is running late installing the cabinet faces, doors, and drawers, so that will not be fully finished before Thanksgiving. He says he will be mostly done though. But the bigger snafu is the refrigerator. We had wanted a cabinet-depth refrigerator, but needed more refrigerator storage in the house than we could get with a standard refrigerator/freezer combo. We will have a standalone freezer and refrigerator in the garage for storage, so we really needed more refrigerator space in the house. We found the perfect solution in a Samsung 4-door refrigerator. One of the four compartments can be converted from fridge to freezer. This is a perfect solution for us as we will use 3/4 refrigerator and 1/4 freezer pretty much all the time. The only problem is that this unit is slightly taller than the cabinet opening. The fridge goes about 3/4 of the way in but no further.
We didn’t discover this until the refrigerator was delivered. So today I contacted Isaac and he is going to raise the partition between the refrigerator and the cabinet above it. He will have to order two new doors for that cabinet, and they will take a little while to come in. So we will have a big hole above our refrigerator for the Christmas party, and the refrigerator will stick out about 6-8 inches for the duration. I guess we can live with that.