We’ve got some great pictures from the field as our Kitchen Makeover reaches its midway point.
Here’s a quick progress update:
The demolition phase has wrapped up, with the existing upper cabinets removed and the walls opened up where necessary to add in needed wiring:
This is always a scary part of the process… when you start thinking, “WHAT HAVE I DONE?” and “WILL I EVER HAVE A WORKING SINK AGAIN?”
Sometimes during demolition we have some surprises!
It’s not uncommon to discover previously unsuspected dry rot or portions of old timbers that are in need of removal and repair.
Sometimes we discover water damage, and sometimes we discover that a wall has a more complex role in the weight distribution of the house than was initially estimated.
For this project, we elected to add in a stronger beam above the new pennisula to make sure the floor above had ample support.
While the walls are open, our electricians from Master Tech installed the wiring for the new light fixtures from Schoolhouse Electric.
Then the painters work their magic, making everything clean and white and bright.
Some cool details start showing up, like the elegant corbels (the curvy shaped bracket things you see above) that will hold up the Carrara marble counter on their peninsula.
Check out how the original heating register has been stripped and cleaned up and freshly painted.
Part of the fun of this particular renovation is the way we have been able to save many of the cool historic details (like the heating register) while improving the way the kitchen functions and fits in with the rest of the house.
This is also the time when we start prepping for all of the final finishes and fixtures get installed.
Above you can see one of our colleagues at Wall to Wall Tile and Stone creating a template that will be used to guide the fabrication of the Carrara marble counter top.
Did you know: In older houses, hardly anything is square and straight so each cabinet and surface needs to be carefully adjusted to compensate the various places where the walls or floor are a bit out of level or out of plumb.
When you are dealing with an expensive one-of-a-kind piece of stone, it is very important that the fabricators have an opportunity to create a template that will exactly fit the existing space (wonky corners and all).
Here’s a look at the template in progress.
Next up: Sinks, appliances, back splashes, light fixtures and cabinets get installed and the project nears the finish line.
We can’t wait to see the results of the generous contributions from George Morlan Plumbing, Versatile Wood Products, Standard TV and Appliance, Schoolhouse Electric and Oregon Tile and Marble when they get installed later this month!
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