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07:22 pm: Winter in June
...Well, rainy season in June, which around here is just as strange. It was gray and damp here all weekend, even raining (...sprinkling mostly...) a bit. Since the weather wasn't very good for working in the yard, I did other things instead.

On Sunday I went downtown, where they were having the 1st annual summer festival. Just bad luck for the festival organizers that the weather was so gloomy, which I'm sure affected the turnout. There weren't many people present when I showed up as the festival opened for the day, though more appeared by the time I left at noon.

Monday I went to a neighboring town to visit a number of countertop and tile shops, looking for finishes for my kitchen. Browsing tile for the backsplash was kinda fun. On the other hand, I visited two countertop shops and two kitchen design shops, and not a single one had ever heard of doing bamboo countertops. Even when I tried to look at stone remnants for the 2' X 2' section of countertop that I intend to use as a baking nook, I ran into roadblocks because neither of the shops wanted to show me their remnants. (One told me to come back on Saturday when they would have more staff on duty, the other said their remnants were in a location off limits to the public and they'd have to carry them out one at a time for me to look at, which he implied would be too much trouble.)

It wasn't until I was at the very end of my trip and stopped in a FLOORING store that I stumbled across a small (knee-high) display advertising bamboo countertops. Unfortunately, it turns out that they don't actually shape or finish or install the countertops, they can just order the big slabs. Better than nothing, I suppose.

Today I got the official notice from the contractor that he plans to start work on my kitchen on July 9th. That's a week earlier than I expected. Now I'm crossing my fingers that the cabinets will be done on time and won't end up delaying the project. And I still have to go shopping for a new sink.

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From:mangaroo
Date:June 26th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Ugh. And yesterday was the worst, so muggy. I don't think I've had a day exactly like that since moving here.

I have never heard specifically of bamboo countertops (thank you, Google), but -- then again -- you could tell me you were making your countertops out of just about anything and I would just nod. Strange that the local experts hadn't heard of it, though.

Good luck with coordinating the renovation! Will it be massively disruptive? Will the fridge have to move to the garage?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 26th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
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Will it be massively disruptive?

The contractor told me that they will be cleaning up after themselves every day before they leave, which I found impressive. I know how messy it can be with major construction. Fortunately, the kitchen is kind of isolated off on one end of the house, so the rest of the living area should be mostly unaffected.

Will the fridge have to move to the garage?

I'm probably going to put it in the living room, between the couch and the window.
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From:mangaroo
Date:June 26th, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC)
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How will you protect the living room floor while the refrigerator is being moved? *fret* *fret*
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 26th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
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How will you protect the living room floor while the refrigerator is being moved?

When we've moved furniture before, my parents put towels down. I'm sure it will be fine.

I'm not really looking forward to going three weeks without being able to use a stove, but I'm sure the microwave + toaster oven + slow cooker + rice cooker should be able to handle a lot. I think megory is bringing an electric skillet, too.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:June 26th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
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The biggest thing I remember when an apartment I was living in was under renovation (it was part of a house that the owner was remodeling) was the DUST. It went everywhere. Ugh, it never seeemed to matter how often I cleaned, and that was with plastic sheets up everywhere.

Good luck, and I hope it doesn't last too long!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 26th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
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The biggest thing I remember when an apartment I was living in was under renovation (it was part of a house that the owner was remodeling) was the DUST.

Yeah, it was like that when my dad was doing all the walls in the rest of the house. The end result is great, but the dust got into everything everywhere.
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