Chad and Tanner started laying the hardwood floor. I love it!. The color is a reddish brown, with distressing that adds a lot of character. (Sorry for the flash-the color was more true with it than without it.)
Pat ended up spend the majority of the day mudding the walls. He was hoping to start on the railing around the stairs but the mudding took way more time than he had hoped. The pictures don’t show it, but the walls are looking great.
I also painted the peak on the opposite side of the living room so we could get the scaffolding down. I am going with a slightly lighter color over there.I spent the rest of the afternoon trying to get the countertop ordered. I had been wavering back and forth between Star Lumber and Quality Granite. I finally settled on Quality Granite after they called me and were going to throw in two free sinks.
When I went to return the granite sample to Star, they asked if they could have one more shot at the price. In the end, they backed out of the middle and sent me directly to their fabricator, Top Master.
I went back and forth between Top Master and Quality Granite a time or two. (Thankfully, they are just a couple of blocks from each other.) In the end, Top Master, gave me a price very good price. The final cost worked out to about $42 per square foot, plus I get two free sinks. If I factor in that savings, it was probably closer to $40 per square foot.
When I originally started pricing granite, the cheapest I could find was $50 per square foot. I didn’t originally intend to have these companies compete for our business this way, but it did work out to our advantage.