Progress Report – The Schedule

You know what they say about best-laid plans. Well nothing is more true than for a remodel. Even if you think you’ve got all the details nailed down, those plans are doomed to go awry. Now it’s virtually guaranteed that we will not have a completed kitchen by Christmas. My sweet husband, bless his heart, has not uttered the expected “I told you so”… yet. Even as a veteran kitchen designer, I failed to predict there would be more to changing and adding a few lights and changing up some appliances to a 27 year-old structure. Soooo… long story short… had to completely rewire the kitchen space (twice) to bring the present electrical equipment and configuration up to code and still meet the demands of the newer appliances. I also added some other changes like allowing a dedicated circuit for this here computer (that keeps shutting off inexplicably now). Trying my best to hold the feuding down between competing trades (drywallers and electrical contractor) has been a testament to my patience and our expanding timeline and budget. The electrical work that was expected to take just a couple of days is now taking more than a week which sent my drywall schedule ahead a couple of days. So the cabinet installation is being put ahead accordingly… which forces the last part (countertops) squarely into the week between Christmas and New Years… and we know that’s not going to happen. So the first week after New Years????? if we’re lucky.

My favorite HGTV program recently is Flip or Flop where the increases in time and budget are logged during the show whenever a ‘hidden issue’ comes to light during the remodel process. Always makes me feel better when I see that mine is pretty small compared to some of those on the show.

So this is my current ‘kitchen’ in the pantry/laundry room. It’s going to look pretty much like this when it’s done except there will not be a microwave, mini fridge or a cutting board on the dryer. We’ll be painting the trim and the door to the garage. The opening between the kitchen and the laundry/pantry will have my new etched glass pantry door that I’m expecting to be installed next week. (wink wink). The lovely display model is my kitty Bebe.

temporary kitchen in the laundry/pantry

temporary kitchen in the laundry/pantry

temporary kitchen in the laundry/pantry

temporary kitchen in the laundry/pantry

Bebe

Bebe

This is the present state of my new kitchen… drywall up and plastered. Texturing to match (as close as possible) to the rest of the house is supposed to be completed Tuesday. We’ll be laying the flooring today and tomorrow. Then we’ll paint Wednesday and Thursday.  If we’re REALLY lucky, cabinet install planned to begin on Friday. I’d keep my fingers crossed but that would make painting a bit difficult and screw up my schedule.

Drywall up

Drywall up

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Bebe showing the wall where the range will be.

Bebe showing the wall where the range will be.

An added bonus –the heater vent will now be coming out of the toe kick instead of the floor. A great touch added by my contractor and great for a kitchen so ‘stuff’ doesn’t fall down the vent. I like the idea of standing in front of the counter warming my toes on cold winter mornings. Great call Dave!

Heater vent slated to come out of toe kick area under cabinet.

Heater vent slated to come out of toe kick area under cabinet.

So I’m going to be looking for some place that’s dog friendly that we can (the three of us including my youngest son) can get away for a few days between the holidays and a respite from the construction. Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night!

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