While I've been running around NY, E's been arranging for the installation of the kitchen counters and the final inspection on the house. There was a bit of a monkey wrench thrown into the counter-top situation when the guy we hired told us several weeks into the project that he didn't have enough of the granite to do the full project. With our final inspection approaching E went and took at look (along with many pictures) at some of the other options at the stone shop. Thankfully I'd seen several of the slabs before. The slab that has become our island was once a contender for the bathroom vanity. I rightfully decided that it was a bit too bold for the bathroom but it has a second life in our kitchen!
I'm still somewhat sad that the granite I'd grown to love wasn't going to work out, but in the end, we have what was in the original plan. Not too shabby if you ask me.
With all the extra light we created in the room, I didn't need to worry about dark counter-tops. Opening the doorway from the laundry room by widening it and lifting the header into the ceiling was so much more significant that I expected.
The back half of the house is complete - almost. There are still a few details to shake out in the kitchen. Basically, I need to tile the back splash and put the mirror up behind the"built-in" and E has some molding to put up above the cabinets. But, still, really, it's pretty much done. Mostly.