Friday, October 26, 2007

We are failing

It is finally time for our bathroom remodel. Our current main bathroom if 5'x20'. Yes, you read that right. It is a bowling alley. We have decided it would be far more functional as two bathrooms, one 5x9' and one 5x11'. Why are we failing? We can't find fixtures that meet any of our needs.

We went to a high end showroom recommended by our plumbing company. Their bid for what we want - $10,000. Yeah. So not happening.

We spent a good portion of today wandering the warehouses at Second Chance architectural salvage. We thought for sure we would be able to find a good chunk of our materials there. First off, they are the outlet for Yorktown Cabinetry. We were so hoping to find ourselves two nice, overstocked vanities. Unfortunately, we struck out. Dismally. Then we went looking around at other stuff. In short, there was nothing there that met our needs (either color, style or price). For example, sure, they had a pallet of brand new Toto toilets for $250. But, I can get a perfectly good toilet for $100 at Lowes. So do we pay over twice as much for a surplus product that supports a good cause, or make our wallets happy when a Kholer toilet from Lowes?

Vanities are another issue. I really wish Ikea had quality bathroom cabinetry. Their kitchen cabinets are great, but their bathroom, not so much. At least with Ikea, they use sustainable harvesting methods for most products. Bah!

So, I think we went end up buying most of our bathroom stuff online or from an annoying big box, simply because our budget is not allowing high end stuff, and the salvage place isn't meeting out needs. At least the floor tile came from a Habitat for Humanity surplus auction. I guess I can feel good about that.


Naturegrrl said...

you've got all the time in the world to wait for the right piece to come along.

Gypsy said...

Sucks you can't find the pieces you want. Good luck getting it all finished!

Heidi said...

It's so frustrating when you can't find what you want. Good luck with the remodel!

Ruby said...

Ahh Nature, I only wish that were true. Unfortunately, I thought we had more time. We have plumbers coming in 9 days, and they want everything on site before they do the rough-in. We didn't realize they would need that.

Sassy Momma said...

I love that you have salvage places to go to! I finally found a salvage appliance place but at this time I don't need any salvage appliances.

Go with what helps the pocket book because you do some much else in recycling.