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.

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.

Not too much happened today.  A huge Plato tractor trailer came full of our cabinetry.  Two hours later – it had filled our garage after the demolition debris had been removed.  By “filled our garage” I mean fill as in ceiling to brushing against the open garage door. 

Dinner … sadly, McDonald’s.

A wall of boxes fills our garage


Lots o’ boxes


A shot from overtop of the garage door



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

Because of our (my) unnatural obsession with having a wonderful kitchen, we had been considering moving from our suburban home to some unique style residence with a very large and special kitchen.  Seeing magazine pictures of downtown lofts, converted firehouses, reconfigured warehouses or factories let our imaginations run wild.  Briefly.  We’re not downtown and given our employment situation, downtown really isn’t attractive for us.  Too long of a commute, city-wage tax, noise, traffic, safety, etc.

We considered Conshohocken, thought about Bridgeport, and pondered Norristown.

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All three of these are very close to Radnor (my employment location) yet offer city-like opportunities. The hope had been that there were opportunities or loft-y places already available. Without being overly critical or offensive, my views of these three mini-cities.
Conshohocken: prime commuter/office location at the intersection of 476 and 76. Lots of yuppie-like condos, new-family townhouses and plenty of new offices. One small commercial strip, near-cool restaurants. No grocery store, no movie theater, probably overpriced and picked-over.

Bridgeport: Working class, a bit run-down, tiny little downtown, too close to Norristown.

Norristown: Most city-like of the three. Most run-down of the three. Promises of revitalization. Broken promises. Looked into a an old Bell Telephone building, 8 floors or so, 10 ft ceilings. Wonderful opportunity right in the middle of where you don’t want to be after dark.

A first entry for A Kitchen Remodel.  This blog is intended to follow along as we undergo our kitchen remodel.

A little background now with more to come a later.

My wife and I use our kitchen a lot.  We thoroughly enjoy cooking, baking and entertaining.  Baking is especially important to us since she (we) have a made-to-order dessert business very dependent on our home kitchen.

Our home <<picture later>>.  A lovely suburban four-bedroom center hall colonial.  {I don’t think I realized I lived in such a home until I just typed it.}  Philadelphia suburbs.

We’ve lived here pretty much since the day we moved in, gosh, about 13 years ago.  New home at the time, our choice of design, some custom upgrades made, great open floor plan that we’re still happy with after all of these years.

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Our family:  2 kids, both in college as I write this, neither living at home.

We’ve been faced with a dilemma of sorts.  Our house has more rooms than we really need.  Fine, we need our bedroom and our bathroom.  A kitchen is useful, considering what I mentioned above.  A family room – required.  A dining room proves to be useful, for us, perhaps 5 or 6 times a year.  Maybe a little bit more.  The kids (let me introduce them briefly:  Max and Sara.  Hi Max.  Hi Sara.) still need their rooms.  Max continues to visit us weekly, mostly Sundays.  And Sara is spending this summer with us, plus she’ll be back for school breaks (senior year coming up) and who knows after graduation.

That leaves us with a guest room.  Very useful.  Its usage nearly corresponds with dining room usage.  Well, actually, the guest room is used more often.  Oh, and our unused, largely unfurnished living room.  Oh, and our huge basement including an office and our work room/storage/tools/storage/crawl space/storage/heater/storage room.

Let’s not forget our two car garage that sometimes is empty enough to hold one car.  And finally, a laundry room (mudroom).  {What is a mudroom?  Mud comes into our house and I’ll hear about it.}

Gosh, turns out we hardly have many unused rooms.  The large finished basement (that I did pretty much on my own) is barely used except for storage.


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