Day 4: The Mysterious Bag of Granite Samples
I assumed that Day 4 would be another Day of Waiting for the Tub, but when I came down to the kitchen to get something to eat around midday, I found a bag of stone and wood samples on our kitchen floor. I hadn't heard anyone come in, which is either frightening (I should really lock the front door when I'm here by myself*), or it means that I've gotten really good at tuning out the daily childcare antics going on downstairs.
In any case, the bag contained two wood samples in natural and sienna cherry (I think we're going with natural), a box of Zodiac quartz samples, several random pieces of granite (including the large chunk of the one we love, but can't identify), and a few pieces of Travertine (which we need to use for the transition between the tile and wood floor and, I think, for the niche in the shower). Al and I went back and forth on which stone sample would best match the cherry and the paint—and wouldn't annoy us over the long haul—and in the end I decided that I really need to see bigger slabs to know for sure. Sometimes the movement of the pattern just isn't visible in a small sample, and since granite is a naturally-occurring product, it's going to vary anyway. Best to say, "that's the EXACT SLAB WE WANT, and we specifically want this 2' x 5' piece right here."
What we also need to know for sure is a sample of our floor tile, which was not in the bag. Hopefully a square of that will turn up in the next day or so, perhaps sneaked onto the rug right at the bottom of the stairs to my office without my noticing.
* The contractor has a key, of course; what I'd accomplish by locking the door is to keep random strangers from wandering in.