9 Month Cure: Crunch Time

9 Month Cure: Crunch Time

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 13, 2006

We only need two chairs, so we're splurging. We're down to these three: Cherner, Prouve, Camogli

Time Remaining: 67 days

Last night was a little tense. Ironically (or not, as the case may be), when it comes to working on our apartment I am working from a loose plan in my head, while SK is far more comfortable knowing exactly when things are going to happen. So last night I had to deliver the plan with the dates to her and it all happened at 10pm at night and not without some consternation on both sides (it *was* a little fuzzy).

Despite the plan (below) we've got to get stuff ordered (I am late on this), so we took two hours yesterday hitting the tile stores and hardware stores. This is what we found (FYI all these shops are pretty high end, but they offered easy, quick ways to see stuff. It gives us a starting price and the info we need to hunt things down elsewhere for less):

Simon's Hardware
Very nice to see things. Very expensive. Quite helpful. We found a great little sink here for not too much, but we'll source this stuff elsewhere first: Vitra NUOVA Washbasin w. Right Shelf And we DID fall in love with this Dornbracht faucet: Meta 0.2 by Sieger Design

Nemo Tile
Awesome tile, great selection, nice service and they had the subway tile we liked in stock in Queens. Delivery problems solved.

Ann Sack's
Beautiful tile and awesome service. The subway tile they had was the nicest (we liked Andy Smith and but it was also the most expensive and took the longest to arrive. They DID have a good subway tile (Ann Sacks Elements) in stock for a lower price, but we liked the Nemo tile better.

Manhattan Center for Kitchen & Bath
This place was imposing, but Fran who helped us knew a tremendous amount and was totally helpful. Needing to see only small space solutions, she was right on it and offered us a small range of solutions. Note to self: buying cooktops and wall ovens is not cheap.
Downstairs was an Artistic Tile showroom as well, which was very well layed out. AT is not our style, but this is a good resource since it's so close to the other shops.

Disappeared!! We combed SoHo and couldn't find them. When we called, they told us that they had temporarily relocated to a showroom on Charles street (appt only) and were reopening in September.

The Plan:

Tonight & Tomorrow morning
• We pack the station wagon with everything in our kitchen, dining room and closet to go out to storage in Springs for the next month (it's going to be a late night)
The next two weeks
• Demolition of kitchen, floor and bathroom
• Rebuilding of floor, bathroom and minor repairs
• Arrival of furniture we've ordered
• Arrival & installation of kitchen cabinets, etc

The Hitch:
The kitchen is being rushed by HenryBuilt, but it still won't be here until Sept. 25 (post baby). That's not too bad. It will be beautiful.
We need all the tiles, sink and hardware ready the week after next and we've not ordered them yet.

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