Our kitchen, in its stark, non-existent phase
February 8, 2008
This is what our kitchen looks like right now. Lovely, huh? The guys have been working on it all week, but it looks like nothing has happened yet. They have made good progress, though, but everything has been boring for me so far. Basically they removed the tiles, repaired the wiring, reframed the doorway, fixed the plumbing, and repaired a damaged structural support in the corner of the room. Today they started the drywall and retextured the ceiling.
I wish they could hurry up and install the cabinets and counters! I’m ready for some pretty things to look at! Note to self: Find patience, young grasshopper.
Here’s where we left off in my blog post on Monday, the end of Day 1.
On day 2, they removed the splotchy blue soffits along the ceiling and reframed the doorway.
On day 3, they discovered that the ceiling was slowly collapsing along the exterior wall, by the window. It took them most of the day to figure out what to do about it. I didn’t take any pictures, but I wish I had. Fortunately it’s all fixed up now.
On day 4, they finished repairing the collapsing ceiling (yikes!), did lots of electrical work, and started the drywall.
This morning I slept in, because of a brutal headache. Mike took some action photos.
By the time I woke up today, the walls were white and Mike was watching Michael work on the ceiling. It was starting to look like an actual room!
It’s not easy to live in a house under construction with no kitchen. All our kitchen items and dining room furniture have been moved to the living room and basement. We squished all the furniture together to make room for the guys to walk around. Worst of all, there is a thick layer of dust everywhere.
This is our basement this week. We set up the dining room table with dishes and appliances like the microwave and George Foreman grill. Boxes of kitchen stuff are everywhere. Extension cords run throughout the room. I hate living in a mess.
I figured that it might be the dust and construction debris that were causing my headache, so Mike and I left the house and worked from a coffee shop for few hours today. After 20 minutes or so away from home, I felt much better.
When we got home this afternoon, the kitchen looked like this. I’m so excited to be able to move on to the painting, cabinets, and other fun stuff next week! In the meanwhile, I’ll be at the coffee shop a lot this weekend. 😉