Saturday, November 17, 2007

Window Magic


The new windows arrived this week, which added to the fun already going on in the kitchen. I don't know if you can tell from these pictures, but it's amazing what a difference they make to the look of the house. It looks a bit less like it's haunted or just abandoned.

Again, these are Superior brand vinyl windows in the color almond. The upstairs are all double hung, which makes them easier to clean, and the downstairs are single hung. They're all Low E, (whatever that means) but we didn't go for the Argon gas option because our rep at Lowes said it just doesn't make that much difference.

Behold! Windows!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Taken for Granite

While you were celebrating Halloween, it was Christmas morning at the Pascoe residence. The installers came and put the cabinets into our kitchen. Poppy, dressed as a Ladybug, toured the space and made known her approval.
And now for a rude awakening. The next step is counter tops. We decided on Black Galaxy granite. Jim and I don't particularly like "noisy" granite with lots of flecks in it. Black Galaxy is deep black, but with a subtle coppery fleck.
Long story short, when Ikea priced out the granite for this not-very-humongous kitchen, I got sticker shock. At $6,000 these counters were going to cost more than most of the cars I've driven in my lifetime. Put together. I reluctantly surrendered my credit card, but while the Swedes had their way with it, I got to thinking. This is the age of the Internet. I don't pay retail. I buy on Craigslist. I never make a big purchase without first consulting eBay. Why should this be any different?
And as it turns out, the granite that at Ikea costs $83.50 per sq. ft. goes as low as $13.50 online. That's for the raw stuff, so it's not really fair to compare -- but even with "fabrication" as I'm coming to learn that it's called, I'm looking at a serious discount over the Ikea rate. What was I thinking? Luckily, Ikea gives you 48 hours to change your mind.
The downside is that the counters are unlikely to be installed in time for Thanksgiving. But at a savings of potentially thousands of dollars, it's seriously worth the wait.