HEADING TO HEATH:TAKING GRANITE FOR GRANTED – LESSON 6
Or…Is Your Bullnose Full of Granite Dust?
Long story short, MaryCarmen and the guys at Texas Granite got our kitchen and laundry room counter tops installed and it looks great. Not that there weren’t a few hiccups along the way. Take our kitchen sink for instance. They assumed we were installing a stainless steel sink. They just about had a cow when they discovered it was a porcelain sink instead.
But What About the Other Counter Tops?
Yes, all this granite hysteria has been focused on the granite in the kitchen and laundry room, because that’s where the current state of granite selection got us into trouble. What about that Carrera marble in the master bath and the counter tops in the Jack and Jill bathrooms? Well, our builder’s granite guy, Jaimie, is supposed to be working on that. Only Jaimie has been so busy he hasn’t been losing any sleep over us at all. The only reason Texas Granite installed our kitchen was because we couldn’t get in touch with Jaimie while we were trying to re-select our kitchen tile. When we finally found a slab we could love, we had to book it and Jaimie was incommunicado.
Still we needed him to get the other counter tops in, so we started nagging him and the builder for an install date. That turned into a very cold visit to the fabricators workshop to look at his Carrera. According to him, one Carrera looks pretty much like the other – right? Not right!! We stuck with the Carrera we’d already picked out (even if it did mean we’d have to wait for him to go pick it up), chose a remnant for the Jack and Jill bath and reminded him that he had the green marble top to one of our vanities. He wasn’t happy with our decision, but we weren’t happy with his Carrera either.
Is that Bullnose, Full Bullnose or Half Bullnose?
We left Jaimie’s workshop discussing what we could attempt to get done without the granite in place, because we were beginning to doubt we’d see an installation date anytime soon. The weather was still awful and we were also fighting the tile installers to do their job. Would we ever move to Heath?
Then a few days later, on a Saturday morning, Jaimie calls to ask us a question, “Do you want a flat edge or bullnose?” For us that seemed like an easy answer – bullnose, of course! A few minutes later he calls to complain that he couldn’t install the Carrera because the finish carpenter had failed to install the proper supports for the marble. It’s always something.
So, Bill and I made a trip to Heath. Bill wanted to finish what the carpenter failed to do, so the marble could be installed. He was also going to work on the faux Wedgewood fireplace mantel we dreamed up on our own. It is a project far outside anything Whittle and Johnson Custom Homes ever attempted, so that left it up to us. My job was to dust off our cabinets and granite, and then cover them with plastic drop cloths. I know all this sounds like things our builder should have been doing, but explaining why would take more time than I have right now.
Dusting and sweeping has never been so much fun. Bill dug into his tasks and I went about mine. If either of us discovered something new had been completed, we’d announce it with great joy. I confess, it was great to spend time in our new home, even if the floor is concrete, the paint is only about half done and the yard is a quagmire.
Eventually, Bill came upstairs to see the items I’d been crowing about. He wasn’t as excited as I’d been. In placing the granite in the Jack and Jill bath, Jaimie had taken a chunk out of one of the walls. He’d also finished the edges with half bullnose – not full bullnose as we’d anticipated. We marked it up to Murphy’s law, because everything that could go wrong certainly was.
So here’s today’s lesson. A bullnose is a bullnose is a bullnose, unless you are talking about granite and then a bullnose is a half bullnose. Got that. At least that’s the message we got from our builder. Looking at the illustration above, I’m thinking a bullnose must be more like a demi-bullnose, because that’s sort of what our bullnose looks like. If you’re confused, imagine how we feel. And for some reason, the builder is going to call us back to tell us how much more it will cost to get what we thought we were asking for in the first place.
We’re never going to build a house again! Ever!! We promise. I’m not sure whether there will be any more granite lessons or not. It depends on whether we ever get our marble installed in the master bath. Who knows what we’ll learn if it does? But do come back next week, I’m sure I’ll have some more adventures in building to share.