Cabinet Progress Photos

Some nice progress on the house this week. On Tuesday, as mentioned, the cabinet builder showed up and began installing the built-in bookcases in the library.

Looking south in the library

These bookcases have a lower level that is a little deeper and has a marble top before the bookshelves begin above. This gives us a place to put larger art volumes plus board games, sheet music, random small musical instruments, and the stuffie hospital (for stuffies that have been loved a little too vigorously and need puff-saving surgery).

Looking north in the library

The lower level needed to go in because the marble fabricator needed to cut all the marble for the front and back parlours together to maximize efficiency. And we need the marble hearth in place for the front parlour in order to finish the floor in there. See? Construction is all about dependencies and managing them (and not creating circular ones).

The dining room hearth

The dining room hearth is a little less complicated. The counters are the same marble in the kitchen, the dish pantry, and the dining room, and they are all rectilinear so the fabricator was able to cut out just this one piece for the hearth. As soon as we get all these boxes out of the way that can be installed.

Kitchen cabinets

But still, when I showed up today, the kitchen cabinets were in place.

And... I made a mistake. The cabinets are the wrong colour. I changed the colour to a dark blue a while ago, but failed to fix the order. Am I worked up about this? No, I am not. I would be if this were for a client (this is why I hate it when my designers change the cabinet colour partway through an order; it always gets somebody in trouble). This very dark purple still looks very good, and if we hate it, paint is a very viable option.

Also, you can see that the cabinets are up on little feet, because the mortar bed will be floated under them. The tile will not be installed under the cabinets (this saves you a ton of grief if you want to change the tile, by the way). But that mortar bed is a ways away, at least right now.

posted by ayse on 04/08/17


You must have done a post about the colors and cabinets in the kitchen, but I can't find it. I think the bathroom cabinets are a laminate but these look to be painted wood? Dark blue is my favorite color but the purple is pretty too!

Yes, they are painted wood. I did like the dark blue but the purple also works. I'll see how I like it once everything is in place and then decide if we're going to paint. Fortunately, painting is both easy and relatively inexpensive (since we have two painters on site, already).

Did you do a post on the finishes in the kitchen, or just the layout post?

I was trying to remember if I ever did. I know I posted the photo of the dark purple cabinet colour here:

But I think the photos of the blue cabinet colour may have been just sent as texts to Noel. I spent so much time working on materials that I was worried it would get very very boring if I shared all of that.

I am remodeling the kitchen in my craftsman home here in Alameda. I am completely inspired and awed by your renovating. Would you mind sharing the maker of your cabinets? We have just begun that search and are hungry for info on who makes quality cabinets.

Thank you,

Some of my cabinets are being made by my contractor. The rest I got from Crystal Cabinets. I also have used Wood Harbor cabinets on jobs, and both companies make very nice cabinets (my firm is a dealer for Crystal and Wood Harbor cabinets so I have a lot of experience with them, but also a bit of a bias there). My firm uses those two brands for custom cabinets quite a bit; most local cabinet builders are a little more expensive for the same quality of work (though it depends; if you are working through a general contractor they may be able to get you a better price).

If you contact me by email (, I can give you some pointers for local places to go look at cabinets to get an idea of what you like.

Note: We're getting pummeled with spam comments, so I've turned off the ability to use any HTML or include any links for the time being. Email with any issues.

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