These pics will be the last until March 5- when we'll have (no doubt: outstanding) hardwood floors to look at. In the meantime....
Here is a picture of the wood for the hardwood floors. Each room has a giant stack of wood in the middle of it. It looks to me like so much more than you'd need to "floor" a room, but what do I know?
Here's a cool shot of the cabinets going up in the kitchen. This is the sink area. Of course they'll have granite counter tops and really cool vintage-y looking (but brand new) dark varnish handles. The carpenter working on them today showed me a cool function- they don't slam. You just sort of let them go and they close gently on their own. (What???!!!)
Here is some of the hardware/tools on the breakfast bar.
These are the light cut outs for the fancy valance over the breakfast bar. It's the same style/wood/finish as the cabinets. Can't wait to see it up.
Here is the decorative support for the valance. It fits the period of the house so well, I think- while still being a little funky and modern.
Another fab cabinet upgrade from Mary- this is a pull out for garbage and recycling. You could probably use it for anything, but- really- why would ya? This is so convenient!!
More hardwood piles throughout downstairs.
These are the railings from the upstairs hallway over-looking the stairs. Mike took them down to re-finish them and also to insure a better fit for the hardwoods. It's on the upstairs bathroom floor right now, which has recently been updated to include the molding on the floor- so it's a "two-for" shot.
Here's a shot of the top of the cabinets. Mary explained it was desirable to have cabinets go all the way up to the ceiling so we coughed up the extra money for it. At the time I was just blindly trusting her, but now that I see how awesome it looks - I am really happy. (Except that now all cabinets that don't go all the way up look silly to me and I have become far picker about kitchen design in general...)