Saturday, November 11, 2006

New Countertops

early November, originally uploaded by Jrome.

We sprang over to the Arts & Industry building today to check in on the open house and have a look at the progress being made on our concrete counters. Stone Soup Concrete is handling the job, and they're great.

They've just expanded the space they have, so there's room aplenty to see the countertops and sinks and vanities and bars. You name it, they make it out of concrete.

Our counters are five pieces in total. This picture shows the sink. We've got an undermount Elkay sink (one big bowl with a tiny shallow bowl for the disposer) and a very swank faucet by American Standard. We kinda went whole hog on the faucet, because you touch that every day for 20 years. Why not have it silky smooth and functionally beautiful?

The countertops are sweet. They bear the evidence of being handcrafted. As my Richard Sachs t-shirt says: "Imperfection is perfection." Every non-machine cut edge, every non-form molded piece, is unique and could not be duplicated. They are quite literally, functional pieces of art. It's not high art, but it will be beautiful in our kitchen for many years to come.

Thanks guys!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Tech Lighting

Tech Lighting, originally uploaded by Jrome.

Friday and Saturday Nicole and I mounted some of the Tech Lighting. It wasn't hard, after our electrician Dave Foster put in some boxes. The plaster got patched and the lights went up fairly easy. I worried too much.

More pictures coming soon. Or you can click on the photo here to see some more on Flickr.