Morningside Renovation

Our Journey Through The Renovation Process Of Our Future "Forever Home" In Morningside (Atlanta,GA)


Counter Tops

The 4 of us (family) went up to Norcross today to look at slabs for our kitchen and bathroom counter tops.  Gorgeous stuff, amazingly beautiful but somewhat overwhelming.  I will say though, Julie knows what she wants and has a great eye.  The boys and I started to get a little bored at the end, Julie had fun though so that is what ultimately matters.


Stone or Wood?

We received the revised kitchen plan back today from our designer and while we’re not there yet I feel that it’s getting closer.  We’re still trying to decide what to do with the kitchen island and whether to use marble or wood ($$$).  Who would have thought a wood surface would be so expensive?


Like the Attitude

We’re still trying to decide between a 36″ or a 48″ range for the kitchen.  We’re not big cooks so I don’t see a reason for the larger size, although I do agree with Julie that it would look great in our kitchen.  Big $$ difference between the two as well, this decision won’t be an easy one.

GC sent an email that they’ll be framing next week “come hell or high water” – love the attitude!!!


Decisions Have Been a Bright Spot

Julie and I as well as the designer are getting a little closer on the kitchen layout as well as the bathroom colors.  Actually I have no interest in the “color scheme” but the efficiency of the kitchen is of interest.  I like efficiency and cheap while Julie likes pretty and more pretty ($$).  Luckily we’ve been able to easily compromise and actually we’ve been pretty much on the same page with most things.  Plus it’s been fun working and making decisions with Julie.  I was totally expecting this to be the typical husband and wife battle ground area.  I’m somewhat laughing thinking that maybe this is so easy because the construction part has been a migraine.


Already Over Budget

Good news, our revised plans were submitted to the city today (a day later than we were told) so hopefully this holdup won’t last too long.  Still trying to get use to the residential construction world, it seems as if it’s more of a “it’ll get done when it gets done” mentality, a little different from what Julie and I are used to.

Get this, we were informed today that we’re already $2,000 over budget on cabinetry.    We haven’t even picked out our cabinets nor have we added any additional linear feet.  GC said that we will have to get creative on the kitchen cabinets; meaning get cheaper cabinets or we have to come out-of-pocket to get the quality of cabinets which were originally budgeted. 

How could this happen?  Oh, it seems our GC forgot to include the cabinetry in what is to be an office.  But those were in the original drawings and we’ve talked about them 100 times and you even stated in an email that you included them?  And didn’t we just talk about surprises?  A big reason why I wish we had gone over the plans and budget in more detail a week ago instead of being rushed through it.  Of course I asked him to double-check everything again to make sure that there are no additional surprises.

I just wonder if this extra expense should be our responsibility?  I’m thinking no and Hell No!