Good thing I didn't have a crystal ball to tell me that it would take this long to build a house. Huge skyscrapers have been built in less time.
I'm putting Swarovski crystal balls in the newell, and support posts on the staircase. They screw into the posts, so I can always change them if they break, or I grow tired of them. It's a rainy day, so it's hard to say how they will look when the sun hits them. We're still waiting on the polished nickel handrail.