This was a productive week, even if we had some setbacks.
I started the week laying the tile floor which turned out okay even though I had to negotiate the out of square and uneven sub-floor. After I added the grout, I was pleased with how it turned out until Nancy came to inspect. To our dismay, she immediately recognized that I had used the wrong grout. I was supposed to grout with the brown product, not the light gray! So, now the plan is to stain the grout lines to repair my error.
Also, if you look closely at the picture you will notice that the microwave oven hangs too low. After I installed it, we realized that the over-the-range cabinet is the wrong size. So, we will have to remove the microwave and a couple cabinets to fix that problem.
Finally, in our cost saving purchase of used cabinets, we ended up with several different door styles, pull styles, and hardwood finishes. So, we intend to paint the cabinets white, which will cost us more time.
Nevertheless, we still hope to move in before Christmas. This week Nancy continued to work on tiling the showers. I worked on the floor in my office. The kitchen counter and sink were delivered. The bathroom and laundry room vanities were installed, closet shelving went in, and more baseboard was hung and painted. Finally, our contractor-assistant, Adam, beautifully built a stair rail out of what used to be an alter rail. We are all delighted with how that turned out.
Tuesday evening Nancy and I joined a small group to witness our son’s wedding to a French girl in Virginia. Due to Cecile’s visa issues, they decided to hurry up and officially/legally get married now. However, they plan to have a larger, more typical wedding celebration next summer. We were honored to join with a few others in the intimate and beautiful ceremony.