Crooked Corner

While we’re completing the finishing touches to the townhouse, I’d like to share a pretty cool solution for an odd-shaped corner countertop.

We knew that we needed to replace the cabinet/countertop vanity in all the bathrooms. In the guest bathroom, the vanity seemed to be custom-built with a very old laminate countertop cut to fit a double corner. Jennifer and I certainly wanted to avoid the “custom” option. Custom = big $.

We chose to purchase a pre-manufactured cabinet and align it with the “first corner.” This left a weird triangle between the right side of the cabinet and the wall. Next, we had our granite guys cut the countertop to cover the cabinet AND the weird triangle space to meet the wall. Last, we built two shelves to bridge the distance between the cabinet and the wall.

Check out the pictures to see the finished product. A “custom” look for less money. And, the shelves add that much needed storage space for toiletries or rolled towels.


Just Say No No to Apollo

We’re in the final stretch of completing our townhouse remodel in North Raleigh, and we would not be this far along without the support of some fantastic contractors.

As we’ve mentioned before, we hire experts for those jobs we’re not qualified to handle. For example, we learned that this home had an Apollo Heating and Air system. Do you know what an Apollo system is? No? Neither did we. Back in the 80s, homes were installed with the HVAC system tied to the hot-water heater.

Jump to today and you’ll be faced with a big question: Should I repair the existing system for a large amount of money…or do I replace the archaic system for double that large amount of money?

We hired Marcus Barnes with Bee Bee HVAC to help. (I used him at my personal home earlier this year.) Marcus provided us with a short tutorial on the Apollo system. He explained that our AC handler wouldn’t last another week (charge wouldn’t hold). And, he provided us with two choices –replace it with a new system or repair it for the half the price.

Half-the-price sounded great, but who would throw money at an inefficient dinosaur? We bit the bullet and bought the new handler.

Marcus did an excellent job and remained in touch to ensure that we were happy.

We like working with family-owned businesses like Bee Bee HVAC because of the personal attention to detail.

BUT, please be wary of those companies that advertise often on the local radio stations with a “family-owned-like” name…like, for example, Carl and Son. Make sure to get competitive estimates for each project. We found that “Carl and Son” quoted  $1250 for an electrical project, while another local company quoted “no more than $300.” It’s a pain in the butt to get multiple estimates, but it’s worth it!

No photos this time. We’re so close to our post featuring the before-and-after pics!