With the carpenters now in place, the Top Designers are ready to go over their plans. Carisa's plan... remains a work in progress; she tells Carl that she changed things again the other night, so that they're going to sketch as they go. There's much argle-bargle over what's going where, and a humorous exchange about whether there needs to be a coat closet -- Carisa wonders whether people in Los Angeles even wear coats. (No, they do not -- they protect themselves from the elements by wrapping up in their own sense of smug self-importance.) Matt and Ed add even more context-free argle-bargle about framing and floors and drywall. Meanwhile, Carisa is outlining her plans for a bed: "There's a platform. The mattress is inside. So it's like a pool." Or like the bed Goil built six challenges ago. Seriously, between Andrea's chairs and Goil's bed, Carisa's final room is turning into Top Design's Greatest Hits. And I'm not sure Top Design has any greatest hits.
We'd love to stay and chat some more, but we have to return to the Pacific Design Center for what I can only hope is the final time. Carisa is sitting at a table adding up figures on an over-sized prop calculator -- seriously, she looks like the Lollipop Guild's CPA. "I have an issue," Carisa says. Just one? I retort. "I memoed a lot of things," Carisa continues, oblivious to my cruel rejoinder. "Like, over 100 things." Bottom line: she's $18,063.26 over budget. Hey, what's 18 grand between friends? I'm sure Todd Oldham will float you a loan. Matt is also over budget, though we're not told by how much -- the hands-on-his-head-with-eyes-bugging-out posture that he's adopted seems to suggest that the answer is "plenty." The fact that these two were given $150,000 and still can't stay on budget is not a very strong recommendation for the Pacific Design Center as you one-stop shop for furniture for your next redesign project. ("The Pacific Design Center: Even people with massive budgets go home broke and unfulfilled!") We'll spare you the "Matt and Carisa remove things from their purchase plans" montage because it is as exciting as it sounds, which is to say, not very.
Back at the Santa Fe lofts, Top Carl springs into action, ordering his crew of worker bees to get to hauling the building materials up to Carisa's loft. Ah, but because this is Top Design, there is a complication: the lumber will not fit in the building's freight elevator. ("The Santa Fe Lofts: Big loft for skinny people with tiny things!") Here's where we are exposed to the full frontal wonder of Carl: he positions each of his four workers along the building's fire escape, so that they are able to hand pieces of lumber up to the next story before scrambling up the flight of stares to receive the lumber from the guy below. This goes on for six stories, and it's a clever, if exhausting, work-around to a serious problem. So I guess we need to add "astounding competence" and "quick-thinking problem solving" to that list of issues Carl has; hopefully, Carisa will still find a way to adore him despite all this.