The second carpenter’s bid (see previous post) was much more affordable, and with a slight reduction in the amount of work, it’s a manageable amount. I called him to say “you’re hired!” but could only leave a message. That was last evening, still no response. As one of the commenters yesterday said, you’d think in this economy these people would be eager for the work, but it seems that’s not the case.
One thing I’ll do is buy Taiwan / China / wherever-made CD media storage cabinet. I’ll probably have to add some horizontal bracing to make it more sturdy, but it will hold a lot of CDs and that’s the main point. Instead of custom built into a specific spot, I’ll put it against a long wall and have done with it.
The $ will go to the bookcases going into the lower level book room, and with some of the money we save by hiring carpenter #2 I’ll buy a comfy reading chair and side table. Unfortunately, this guy is busy and can’t even start until the end of the month.