Actually, I'm not too sure why I'm "Yay-ing," because I have a full weekend of shit to do ahead, including boring paperwork-type tasks. I must finalize my taxes and get them filed, because I need that tax refund money very, very badly.
I met up with my contractor at Lowe's late yesterday afternoon. I think I made a good choice with this guy. He's decisive and energetic and talks fast and treats me like someone who knows what she's doing - IOW, very not a Good Ole Boy type. He sort of apologized for that, he didn't want to rush me. He said he'd been thinking about what to do as a fairly economical-but-not-cheap-looking plan, and he wanted to show me what he'd used on a recent job. We walked into Lowe's and he led me like a tracking dog to a selection of tile. He'd brought a sample of the cabinet he gets from his supplier. We threw the pieces together on the floor of the store, and hit the right combination in under fifteen minutes. I told him he'd hit the bullseye - it was exactly my idea of a quality, neutral bathroom remodel, and I already trust his judgment - we definitely can work together. I wish I'd found him last spring, and I'll be using him for other things (whenever I have money again).
Flooring tile to the left, tub surround tile to the right. They are not identical, but they harmonize nicely. The small mosaic squares are a decorative element he throws in just because. The cabinet color is from the most inexpensive line, and it's solid wood. He also has a source for a granite countertop and under-mount sink from a guy who has granite remmants from bigger jobs. It's neutral and buyer-friendly, it's in my price range, and it will add to the value of the property and not be just a cheap fix for a disaster bathroom. It's going to be really lovely, even if it is just a wee little 5x8 foot bathroom in a small house.
And High Energy Contractor Guy can start on MONDAY! He just finished a job and has two month-long jobs signed on, but he can squeeze this in between. So, before I had a chance to catch my breath (or rebuild my bank account) from the last round, I am off and remodeling again. God help me.