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Makeover Kitchen: Making Progress!

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:

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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!

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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.

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While the walls are open, our electricians from Master Tech installed the wiring for the new light fixtures from Schoolhouse Electric.

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Then the painters work their magic, making everything clean and white and bright.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

Explore More with these Previous Kitchen Makeover Posts:

Ready, Set, Launch!

Contract Revisions: The Devil in the Details

Design Phase

Meet the Makeover Winners

Announcing the Winner

Makeover Contest Finalists

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Thanks again to our Small Kitchen Makeover Contest Partners:

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Pioneer Mother’s Cabin Rescued from Willamette

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We are delighted to report that the Oregon State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution have commissioned Arciform to begin rescuing one of Restore Oregon’s 2013 Most Endangered Places, the Pioneer Mother’s Cabin in Champoeg, Oregon.

Threatened by the encroaching Willamette River, the historic Pioneer Mother’s Cabin will be minutely catalogued, tagged, deconstructed and prepped for storage by Arciform starting this week as part of a multi-year project that will ultimately see the cabin restored and re-built on the grounds of the Robert Newell House and Museum.

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Although the structure is in overall good condition, the south bank of the Willamette River has eroded to within 20 feet of the cabin walls. Moving the cabin to higher ground is imperative to prevent the structure from sustaining water and flood damage this winter. Deconstruction will begin November 11th and will be coordinated by Arciform Project Manager Scott Mumma in collaboration with Arciform owner and historic preservation advocate Richard De Wolf.

De Wolf explains,
“We’re honored and excited to help rescue this important historic structure. Our team has extensive experience with historic restoration projects including the Heceta Head Lighthouse, the Waggoner Farmstead and the Silver Falls Historic Log Cabin. We look forward to putting that experience to work in support of this important effort.”

The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin was built in 1931 to honor female pioneers and house artifacts that crossed the Oregon Trail in the mid-1800s. Built with funds raised by the Oregon State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), it today operates as a museum and living history exhibit for school children.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT
Primary goals of the multi-phase preservation project include upgrading the engineering to meet current code without modifying the look and feel of the historic structure and upgrading the comfort and energy performance characteristics of the structure. Deconstruction will require careful cataloguing of each element to be sure that it can be reconstructed in a way that will conserve and restore as much of the existing architectural material as possible. The reconstruction phase will include comfort and performance upgrades like the integration of insulation into the roof and a seismic upgrade that will require drilling threaded rods through the structure to invisibly lock the logs to the foundation.

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Now and Then

Our Carpenter on Call team is getting started on a project for a home in the Sabin neighborhood in NE Portland. The goal: to restore the home’s exterior to match its original 1913 look.

Luckily, we have some great shots of the original exterior to work from.

Here’s the home now:

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And here’s how it looked back then:

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Here’s a little context for what the neighborhood looked like back then:

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That’s our project home in the back right corner. Wild, isn’t it?

We’ll be rebuilding the home’s front and back porch and replacing the asphalt shingles with wood siding that more closely matches the original exterior. A little spring facelift in time for the warmer weather!

We’ll keep you posted on how it turns out.

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