On Saturday dh and I spent a lot of the day out and about. It was really nice not having to work on the house for a change. Yes I did have to get it "viewing ready," and yes dh had to blow out the driveway, thanks to the oil truck coming and chewing up the snow with it's weight, but after that we were free to do what we wanted.
We went into town to a place called Brisco Appliances to check out their appliances. We ended up buying all the new appliances for the new house from there, Frigidaire Professional in smudge proof stainless steel for the kitchen and Maytag washer and dryer in white for the laundry room. Why? Well first of all their prices may not be the cheapest out there, but they are VERY competitive and we got top of the line for a fairly decent price. The customer service is excellent and if we run into a problem I know they will be more than happy to help out.
They are the only store the builder will let into your house before your closing date to deliver and install your appliances for you. Yes I know isn't that neat? He was also going to pop over to the sales office with all our specs on the appliances for the girl who will be sorting out all the details of the house on Thursday. You wouldn't get that kind of service in a big box store? Also we were allowed to pay our deposit over two months; as between me and you, if anyone else asks us for money I am going to scream!!
We then spent a full two hours in Lowes checking out bits and pieces that we may or may not need in the new house. It's been such a long time since we have had to buy window coverings as we don't need them in this house, that I had forgotten what was out there. We met a great woman who went through all sorts of ideas in the window coverings section, I will definitely go back there to buy some window coverings from them. She was so knowledgeable and really took the time to show us what would or wouldn't work. Again it's the customer service that won us over.
I was looking through the light fixtures and saw this light and fell in love with it. It will be perfect over the dining room table.
You can read more about it here. The reviews are mixed but it looks stunning, and as I am married to an electrician, he will be able to figure the whole thing out. Once again we talked to one of the guys in the department and he was super friendly. We were in the Barrie, Ontario store and have to say we have found everyone very, very helpful in that store.
We also looked at some tiles for the back splash in the kitchen, as we are not getting the builder to do that, we will do that ourselves. We found a couple that may be possibilities.
This one is really nice in "real life."
This one, it's the top one that interested us:
We bought the back splash tiles in our present kitchen from Lowes as well. Pleased to say we walked out of Lowes not having spent a penny..........we didn't use the bathroom/toilets either....LOL Spending a penny is a British term for having to go pee!