Made great progress on the kitchen renovation. Here's where we started yesterday morning: view 1 and view 2.
Quite a few surprises and setbacks along the way, the most notable being the discovery of the main drain line in the back corner. That is one of those stories where you suspect something is amiss and hate to find out you were right. Prior to tearing out the old cabinets I was taking measurements and found some of them confusing - the back counter top wasn't the typical depth (short by 4 inches.) I said to Shannon "that counter top was shortened for a reason - that wall has a surprise for us..." Sure enough once I got all the old plaster off - SURPRISE! Oh well, small change of plans and essentially ended up just building out the wall slightly with some new studs so the drywall would lay flush on the pipe. Have a look.
Just to backtrack a bit, the first step was to get the old cabinets off the wall. This actually wasn't too bad and only took about 3 hours to clear down to the bare walls - view 1 and view 2.
Next step was to get down to the bare studs (and find the surprise...) and this is always so messy. Meanwhile we set up an assembly area in the den so that Shannon could build all the cabinets. Note the dust mask - the cloud of krud from the demo has pretty much covered the entire house!
Once the studs were in, then it was time to re-run the electrical work and install new switches and boxes. Once that was done up went the drywall, including a tricky cut that had 3 electrical boxes and a window cutout then went in (almost) without a hitch. Once the new drywall was up then it was time to hang the wall cabinets. We got them all up and the range hood back in place, and now we are two sore, sleepy people. So as we head off to sleep, I figured I'd post this shot so I have something to look at tomorrow at work, cuz I know my shoulders are going to be cranky, and Shannon's back is buggin' from putting together all ten cabinets. But when it's done, the before/after shots are going to be awesome. Take a peek and say goodnight...
October 24, 2004 10:48 PM
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