Very busy week starting with Tuesday.  The crown molding went in.  Bam, Bam, Bam and poof – the kitchen is infinitely more polished.  And the beautiful wood shelves were installed.  Amazing what a little wood and wonderful craftsmanship can make such a difference!

Crown molding

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More progress on our kitchen but still some way to go.  We were able to enjoy the kitchen this weekend by doing some real cooking … chicken soup.  A full sink, a dishwasher, a garbage disposal … who needs them?

We also spent time admiring the fine carpentry that is going into the trim work.  Wow.  Out classes most of the materials elsewhere in our home.

Kitchen Today

Kitchen Today

 

corners

 

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Beautiful trim work

 

Wow

Wow

Half wall cabinets

Half wall cabinets

 

 

 

hutch cabinet

hutch cabinet

Another day brings more amazement.  Today our trim work began.  We were warned that the trim work would be more time-consuming than putting up the cabinets.  The warning was justified, but, oh my, totally worth it.  Such meticulous work – like fine furniture that just happens to be the base of our cabinets.

We also get to peek at our numberswiki.com

sink.  The cook top is in and working.  Big burners, big flame.

 

 

Sink

 

Amazing carpentry

 

Trim Work

A working stove

Today was a day worth the wait.  (I’m sure I’ll think that many times in the days and years ahead.)

The upper cabinets were installed.  Not one, not one wall – all of the uppers.  Wow!

And the island sink faucet was hooked up, the drain was hooked up.  Wow – running water again.

We used our kitchen sink!

Who knows what tomorrow will bring?  Granite for the garden window base?  Gas for the cooktop?  A panel on the dishwasher?  Panels on the cabinet bases and sides?  A surprise?

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Day 40 brings the completed installation of our exhaust hood!  The exhaust was routed up through the attic to the roof.  Big powerful fan!  Two halogen lights with bright and dim settings.  Sharp looking!

And, the big news is our garden window was installed.  Looks so nice.

A new week brings progress.  A whole bunch of electrical work was done today.

The exhaust hood installation began.  A couple MR16 high-hats were installed over the island.  The garbage disposal was connected (no plumbing yet).  A slew of electrical outlets and switches were installed as well.


Day 30.  

Our existing tile floor needed “touch ups” for a few areas around the edges, in front of the fridge and in the new butler’s pantry where the wall came down.  We had a box and a half of tiles left over from when our floor was laid only a few years back.  Fortunately there was enough.

The tile guy was fabulous.  Matched the grout, did meticulous work and finished in a single day.  

Day 31.  A day of rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the fault of no one, our construction had been delayed because of our granite situation.  We arrive at day 28 of “construction” with prep for a granite install tomorrow.  Our custom steel “table” base has been installed. 
Steel table base

Steel table base

Our old fridge moved again, this time out of the kitchen and into the garage.  We’re tired that fridge and glad it’s not in the house.

Old fridge ... so long

 
Old fridge … so long

The kitchen was decluttered a bit.  We can now see the window soon to be replaced by a garden window (that is ready to be picked up and installed).

Window Ready to be Ripped out

Window Ready to be Ripped out

And, we can glance into the butler’s pantry.

Butler's Pantry!

Butler

While we were at Hankins yesterday, we picked up our top choice board of handles and knobs.

Top Knobs

Top Knobs

We are looking for modern, a little pizazz but definitely functional.  We’re leaning toward the 3rd or 4th down from the top in the center column.

Undoubtedly there is a huge audience just waiting to see our beautiful granite installed and the last few hundred details for the kitchen to be finished.

Was the granite installed Friday, Monday, today?  No.

We heard from Jerry that the slab we had selected for the island was cracked.  And the slab behind that one, and the one behind that one …. the whole batch was cracked and unusable.

We’re headed back to the granite place tomorrow to look again. 

Oh, and not that it matters any more, but the name of the granite is/was Silver Galaxy.

The island granite template.  One seam, at the sink, was the best we could do.  Can’t wait for the install.

 

Huge Slab o' granite

Huge Slab o' granite

Waiting for granite shopping (that’s on us).

Drywaller doing a bit of this and this.

Electrician put in the remaining high hats and an outlet for the microwave and, and, and

HOOKED UP THE OVEN!!!

We baked and look what popped out – an iTouch Cake.  We love the ovens (so far).

The oven baked wonderfully – a brand new chocolate chip pound cake and brownies.  We had an interesting time on makeshift countertops rolling the fondant and doing the decorating.

Days 17 and 18 were totally quiet.

Drywaller was here today for a bit … touching up.

Tomorrow the ovens will be hooked up which makes our kitchen usable again, mostly, kinda, sorta.

Things are pretty much on hold until we pick out the granite and granite shopping is scheduled for this coming weekend due to our schedule commitments.

We’re approaching 3 weeks and are very pleased with progress.  More later.

The 13th day was another short work day, but a significant one.  The island was installed as were the dishwasher, refrigerator and the ovens.  “Installed” is a strong word, perhaps “placed” is better suited.  Yes, let me reprhase:  The dishwasher, refrigerator and ovens were placed.  The fridge is powered and connected.  The water line for the ice maker is connected and we have //drum roll// ice.

  

Kitchen Sink penninsula (with unpaneled dishwasher)

Fridge and ovens! Microwave belongs in the hole

Cavernous fridge! Looks can be deceiving

Charcoal-black island with "sand through"

Backside of island

Fridge - full frontal

 

On the twelfth day of construction, we were given the installation of the rest of the base cabinets, excluding the island.  Our appliances were brought into the kitchen from the garage by appliance guys.

The list of what is left to do is a mixture of a bunch of little things and some pretty major ones, too.  On the big items list we have yet to pick the granite and have it installed, the island needs to be installed, the appliances need to be installed, all of the uppers need to go in, the hood and dishwasher, the main sink and faucet, the new sink and plumbing, the garbage disposal, the water filter, … wow, this was a bigger list than I thought.

On the little things list … surely longer than the big things list.  On it:  about a million little finishing touches to the cabinets, the new high hats, the island lighting, the vent covers, the in cabinet and under cabinet lighting, the tile replaced in the pantry, the light over the table portion of the island, the drywall on the back of the half-wall, the glass in the cabinets doors, the low voltage transformers, the hood vent …. yes, another long list.

Oh, and painting.

On to today’s pics:

The sink bases

 

The window seat (center drawer holds hanging files)

 

Our half-wall bookcase replacement

 

The bottom of our new hutch

 

New appliances just waiting …

 

Yet another new home for the old fridge

 

Day number nine brought the cabinet guys.  They spent the day becoming acquainted with the puzzle pieces they’d need to put together to form what will become our kitchen.  A couple boxes opened yielded our beautiful nutmeg stained cherry cabinetry.  Anxiety and excitement levels are definitely increasing.

Day nine brought back the electrician for odds and ends, including running that big black cable through our basement to the electrical panel.  Not yet connected, but it’s all ready to go.

Late in the day, the drywallers returned to spackle and spackle and spackle.  These guys start late and work late.

Day 10’s highlight was the very first cabinets installed.  Mark this milestone.  The doors open (and close softly), the drawers open (and close softly).  They’re tall, nearly to the ceiling.

One of the drywallers came back and worked late into the evening spackling, spackling and spackling.  This guy is good.  I think he would have patched every dent, crack and hole anywhere in the house if we needed him to do so.

Day 11 ended with more base cabinets installed, the plumbing capped off, a gas line moved and our old fridge moved once again.

The ovens, microwave and fridge wall.

The butler’s pantry base.

Our poor old fridge must feel very displaced

 

The cooktop and sink base cabinets

 

Day 6 was a bit underwhelming, though necessary:  underwriter came to inspect the wiring.  It passed.

Day 7 was a bit underwhelming … very little construction.

Day 8 was productive.  Dry wallers came for a visit to make the exposed walls a bit more tidy and ready for the eventual cabinets.

New Butler’s Pantry … temp home for the dog to eat.

 

 

Butler’s Pantry entrance with new headers

 

 

More fresh dry wall

The Kitchen with new dry wall.

 The electrician was back today.  Lots of wiring.

 

 The line to the ovens hangs in our basement

 

 

The old pantry/new butler’s panty ceiling.  The lone CFL looks sad.

 

The plumbing was smooshed up to be smaller.  New cabinets reach the ceiling. 

The outlet for our new, planned, to be decided mini-chandelier.  Covered over is the old fixture for our ceiling fan.

Day Four brings us an electrician that spent day unwiring, rewiring and new wiring.  Lots of new holes with wires sticking out, including a huge monster cable that is destined to provide power to our ovens.

We were approaching our first uh-oh but swerved left to avoid hitting it.  We had a bit of a disconnect on the undercabinet lighting we were expecting.  Hopefully corrected. 

Dinner?  We actually did do a little cooking ahead of time to stock our freezer.  Tonight – a healthy salad and a bowl of chili.  Yum.

Yellow wire == low voltage

Big black wire == lots of voltage

Old, New, Barely anything Blue

Wired!

Our first weekend without a kitchen served as an opportunity for us to adjust.  We tripled our cooking options by adding to the toasting capability.  We can now microwave and “grill” with a griddle.  After an expedition into our garage to hunt and capture our new microwave was succesful, we also dug out our very unfrequently used griddle.   Wow!

Dinner – delicous bean soup warmed in the microwave and grilled cheese sandwiches.  Thanks to my sister-in-law for the soup, we were able to enjoy our first real meal.

Day One:  February 4th.

Cabinets out, soffits down and out, oven out, dishwasher out, half-wall/bookcase down and out, sink out, garbage disposal gone, filtered water faucet and filter system gone.  Microwave poof.  Wallboard — some out.  Ceiling fan down and out.

 

Our nearly empty ktichen above – with only a refrigerator left standing all alone.

 

From opposite angle with plastic sheet/dust shield

 

Corner with some drywall out

 

Soffit removed revealing some soft ductwork

 

Kitchen sink wall – not much left

 

View from the family room – lovely black dust shield

 

Into the garage …

 

Yup .. our kitchen condensed into a few small piles.  We plan to re-use the cabinets into garage storage (summer project perhaps)

 

Piles of kitchen

Poor Pete .. our confused greyhound hardly has a place to eat

 

Day One was more productive than I guessed it would have been.  I didn’t realize the drywall would come down except for the soffit areas.  It’s cold out, in the 20’s, and it is comforting to not feel any cold air seeping through the walls.

Our first dinner … late … Max picked up Chinese for us.  We ate in the family room, washed the dishes in the laundry room sink.  It’s going to be a challenge eating like this.  We’d be better off deciding to have a bowl of cereal and fruit for dinners.

We’re getting so close.  The anticipation is building.

The week before, the day before, the day of … the beginning.

First, we had to empty our kitchen before it can be demolished before it can be rebuilt.  Lots of pics.

The empty “before” picture

 

 

My beautiful (now empty) book case

(my brother and I built this … well, my brother built this)

More emptiness … it’s never seemed so large

Our last drink

An empty pantry … wall and door to disappear

Our temporary bookcase

A space for our new “hutch”

Our temporary ktichen — formally a dining room

Storage, storage, storage

More storage .. this is going to be a long few weeks

    
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