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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We’ve got three different cabinets with glass doors.  They need glass.

 

Butler's Pantry light moved

Butler's Pantry light moved

sink wall

hutch cabinet

hutch cabinet

Our kitchen style is eccletic.  We clearly have a more contempory look going on with the stainless steel fridge and modern hood.  The details in the woodwork are more from the traditional point of view.

 

Clear Textured Bubble

Clear Textured Bubble

 

Clear River Ice

Clear River Ice

 

Clear Wave

Clear Wave

 

 

What to do with our glass?

Link to great glass choices

Would appreciate opinions.

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

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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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

 

    
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