I've referred before to the fact that we're currently renovating our house. And after 8 months of construction, we've started to accelerate towards the finish and I'm finding that I need to keep my eye on more moving parts than I did during earlier phases.
Last week, for example, I picked out a bathtub. My contractor was getting antsy to have specs (can't blame him), my architect was busy with other things (can't blame him either), and I knew the best way to get this done was to do it myself. So, I drove on down to Excel Plumbing, sat down with consultant Irene Lee, and found the perfect tub in about 10 minutes.
That might sound like I'm exaggerating, but I promise you I'm not. Add on about 5-7 minutes waiting for Irene to finish with her previous customer and another 10 minutes to peruse sinks and toilets (since, you know, I was already there), and I was in an out in under half an hour. How did I do it?
1) I know what I like. Note that I don't zero in on exactly what I want, because this can lead to a wild goose chase for something that doesn't exist - there is not actually infinite choice in the home decor space! But I'm confident in our vision of how we want our home to look, and I trust my gut.
2) I'm willing to stop the search once I find something I really like. This one is tough in our world, since there are so many options in every category of things to consume. But I find that I can minimize stress and save everyone time by sticking to the first thing that really catches my attention in a unique way. There's very little to be gained through an absolutely exhaustive search.
I honestly cannot recommend Excel Plumbing, and Irene in particular, more highly. She is a total pro: she has encyclopedic knowledge about everything she carries (which is a lot), gives great advice, and tells you about potential problems before they even come up. They carry a wide range of products, all of them mid to high end - think Grohe faucets, Villeroy & Boch sinks, Toto washlets - and give everyone who walks in the door very competitive pricing.
We still have a couple more months to go - all I'm hoping is to have a finished downstairs by the time the holidays roll around!