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

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.

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.

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!

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.

    
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