Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

Twelve weeks and counting. . . the framers are still here. They are building us a good house, but without a doubt, we will all be happy to wave bye-bye to each other.

Meanwhile, Buck and I are visiting plumbing supply houses, learning about structured wiring, deciding if and where we want cased openings and short walls, poring over trim catalogs, and lugging tile samples around.

We’ve going to use ceramic tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. It’s kind of like going into a Baskin & Robbins ice cream shop. Just when you fall in love with comfortable Peaches and Cream, along comes exotic Jamoca Almond Fudge to steal your affection.

For the kitchen, number on in the top five for this week is Daltile’s Calais Springs, in their Villa Valleta series. The tiles have a lot of color variation and are designed to mimic the look of slate. 

  Daltile Villa Valleta Calais Springs
The kitchen cabinets will be stained a sort of mahogany with a tiny bit of cherry. That same stain will be used throughout the house, on all cabinets and wood trim. Most of the counter tops will be a matte black laminate. We’ve used it several times before. It works well for us, and makes a great backdrop for food photographs! We saved so much money on the front doors that we’re going to have one chunk of granite in the kitchen, on the island cook-top and bar.

  Peacock-gold 

The granite slab will have to have a chunk cut out of it for the gas cook-top. Buck had been trying to figure out whether to use wood or some other material for the two newel caps at the bottom of the stairs. He took a measuring stick to the cut-out chunk of granite. That’s the answer. They will be cut in two, the edges beveled and cemented onto the newel posts. Clever, durable solution.

 

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