Unfortunately, I have bad news to report on the bookcases front.
After the carpenter who previously installed bookcases for us came out, measured, discussed our wants and budget, he said he’d get right back to us with a bid, we heard nothing. After two weeks, I called and left a message saying we needed a status report.
By an email he answered:
“I’ve been distracted with eminent career changes that have overtaken my usual routine and enthusiasm. I haven’t worked up a formal bid even now, again, sorry. Neither of my buddies would take on the project, and while I could build them myself my enthusiasm is lacking. [That's] not logical nor defensible but is why your project remains stuck on my mental back burner. Meanwhile I’ve been researching and organizing a new business venture for buying, renovating and reselling houses (flipping). I have sufficient capital, and am finalizing a formula for the types and locations of target houses. This is where my passion lies.”
So that’s a bust, and considering his attitude and lack of motivation, it’s just as well. We’re back to square one, but have some other leads and will be talking to some other people soon. I’m thinking we may look into some custom unfinished bookcases. We can do the staining ourselves and save a good deal. There’s a place downtown that may work.
This is all taking longer than I want, but as they say, patience is a virtue.