Earlier this week, Kevin sent us a photo of the marble slab Angelo had picked for the master bedroom countertop.
Anne was concerned about the diagonal vein running up toward the left, and we wondered just where the sink would placed and whether it would serve to interrupt the seam enough that it wouldn’t be too apparent.
Kevin came back with an alternative slab picked by Angelo. In his comments, he noted that this slab was VERY big.
Now, this picture shows even a bigger vein. But it also is a totally different color cast than the first. So can we rely on pictures to make this decision, Anne wondered. When we redid our kitchen here a few years ago, we went to a stone yard and looked at potential slabs. Even then, it was hard to make a choice.
I was unclear on just how either of these slabs would work. I needed to understand how the countertop would be cut out of the slab and where the sink would sit, so I sent Kevin a couple of drawings to indicate the impression I was getting.
Kevin and Angelo responded with a third option, and to keep us quiet, said it was the best they could do. It shows where the sink will set and what veins will show.
Wrong. Now it’s November and we still don’t have the terrain map Paula needs to design the landscape. The latest holdup was caused by Jimmy not being able to get the special gps machine used to work out details terrain plans. Apparently, it’s in very high demand.
Finally, this week, Jimmy was able to produce a CAD file with the terrain. (You can get a feel for the steepness of the slope, especially behind the house where the contour lines are very close together.)
Now the holdup is that Paula works only on paper and neither she nor Jimmy seemed to want to get what we had printed. Fortunately, Kevin stepped in, contacted the gps guy who had done the measurements and produced the CAD file, and got him to deliver a pdf version.
Kevin will pass that off to Jimmy and Paula to get printed on a large format printer.
We spent part of two days during our July trip looking at lighting at SMAL, a lighting distributor. We walked away with two issues: we couldn’t find suitable lights for some locations and the total price of what we selected was too high.
After we returned home, we did a lot of searching online to find substitute lights that were more affordable. Having a selection in place was a plus; even if we weren’t going to use a SMAL light, we had something to guide us in our search.
We focused on amazon.it and searches at google.it to identify some possibilities. After a few days of work, we found most of the lights we need. We ended up with about a 30% cost reduction from the original number. (Even after our searching, we had trouble finding suitable replacements for the low voltage cable lights in the main room. We liked the look or what we had selected, so we stayed with our original choice despite the higher cost.)
Then this activity went dormant for a couple of months, until last week Kevin asked us for our final lighting list. He wanted to know what to order from SMAL and for us to order, for delivery to him, lights from the other sources.
We put together a packet with purchase lists and diagrams showing where each light is to be placed. Based on the list of non-SMAL lights, I went online to make the purchases.
Fortunately, about 80% of the lighting we found was from Amazon. Fortunate because amazon.it would let me order from the US for shipment to Italy. The other sites wanted a credit card with an Italian billing address. So we asked Kevin to order those lights himself.
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