End of Week 7, and it is done, done, done!
A pause, while we wait for 8 bullnose tiles, the hood, and the new island countertop:
The stone mosaic above the stove is from Josh Kalkstein of Clay and Stone Gallery in Santa Fe. The center circle is yellow onyx, surrounded by Chinese marble, with slate bars on the top and bottom. It’s a nice touch in an otherwise fairly prosaic suburban kitchen 🙂
End of week 5:
New this week:
Tiling has begun, and the onyx decorative tile trim is beautiful. Part of the Grohe kitchen faucet has been installed — unfortunately it needs a bigger sleeve to accommodate the spray head hose. The new GE Profile microwave looks very sleek, even though we didn’t feel like paying for the trim kit to make it look like a built-in appliance. I hope it works as well as it looks; the reviews have been inconsistent at best . . . . yes, I admit, I bought that microwave because it was the only one out there that fits the depth and width of the cabinet. And then there is my third favorite part of the remodel: the bank of floor-to-ceiling cabinets!
It is now the end of the 4th week, and the counter tops arrived today. Beautiful green Vermont slate — the best way to describe it is that it is mellow, though it is difficult to photograph “mellowness”:
I hope The Kid doesn’t drop anything on it; she is at that age when things just drop-all-by-themselves-without-any-help . . . .
It was too good to last, this remodel that has been going on for three weeks with nary a hiccup. Until today, that is:
The walls are now a pale grey-green, and the upper cabinets — one for the microwave, the other for a “coffee center” — are up. The island, with open shelves for my cookbooks (Julia Child’s The Way to Cook came today!), looks great. Or it did, until The Contractor put the Zodiaq quartz top on it . . . . and realized that The Designer had measured out a cabinet that is too big for the existing top:
On to Plan B . . . .
“No Style” is apparently a house style, according to our state historical society’s lexicon of allowable architectural styles. For the last ten years or so, we have been remodeling bits and pieces of our late 20th-century No Style dwelling, with the bulk of the work during the last 5 years. The latest project, the kitchen, began January 3rd, and has been progressing remarkably well for the last two weeks:
Soffits gone! Fluorescent light fixture on the way out, with holes for the new can lights!
I’ve always wanted a hood that vent to the outside — apparently this was the easiest part of the remodel, according to The Contractor. Much easier than fixing the somewhat bizarre wiring scheme done by the original crew: instead of drilling a hole to run the wires, they used an extra 9 feet of wires to drape up and over a joist, and for some reason, half of the formal dining room is on the same circuit as the refrigerator.
Half of the new maple cabinets (by Custom Wood Products).
The most important lesson: Find a contractor you like, and don’t let him move back to Oklahoma 🙂