Thursday, February 10, 2011

You lose some...but you win some, too!

We are at T - 6 days! Just stopped by to discuss placement of various bathroom fixtures. The house is crawling with people. Painters, electricians, bathroom people, kitchen people, outdoor people. I find it hard to believe that they will have time to clean the house for move-in next Wednesday, but my architect remains unflappable.

The Swiss sense of timing. I love it almost as much as I love their chocolate.

Last night, I went for a quick walkthrough on my own, just to take stock of what's there so far. I see lots of things that I like. I am happy with the floors. There's dark tile up and down the stairs, in the kitchen and living area, as well as the bathrooms. Wide plank hardwood in the bedrooms, the office and the dining room. We also installed hardwood in the basement rec room, exercise and movie rooms.

I am also really, really pleased with the boys' bathrooms. They are spectacular, if I do say so myself. Love how the tiles match the cabinetry. Lucky boys. The guest bathroom isn't quite done yet, but seeing as cabinetry is white, it's not going to be much of a surprise. Quite neutral, which at this point is good.

I am NOT that happy with our own bathroom, however. In fact, I am perturbed by quite a bit in it. I am going to try to live with it, but the size of the mirrors is all wrong. We had to make some last minute changes to the sinks, and that didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. I also feel like I may have crammed too much furniture into a small room.

Worse, however, is the discovery that the Swiss apparently still are keen users of nasty, evil flourescent bulbs, and I must have had a brain dead moment when I ordered my mirrors. In a sane moment, I would never, ever allow a flourescent light bulb to cross into my house. I hate it with a passion. I couldn't wait to get rid of it in Canada, so it pains me that flourescent lighting is back to haunt me here. Not to mention the fact that we paid thousands of dollars for these darn cabinets.

A plan B is in the works, but something tells me that our bathroom will be undergoing a renovation in a few years' time. That's the price you pay for rushing through the selection process, I guess.

On a good note, the rails and the glass on the stairs is everything I had hoped for. Modern, clean, and almost invisible. Gorgeous. My closets are beautiful, too. Custom made to fit perfectly.

And fortunately for me, no matter how much I mess up on the inside, I just have to step outside onto my huge terrace and glance up at the gorgeous Swiss Alps to know that everything is all right with the world.

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