Kitchen "After" Southwest

Nov 5, 2010

Surviving a Kitchen Remodel: Lessons Learned (Part 2)

In the summer of 2010, we completed a kitchen remodeling. I provided an overview and discussion of what went right in my last post. Here is the conclusion of our lessons learned. What I would do differently Here is a summary of things that I would change: One mistake that I made was thinking I could find all of my … Continue reading

Kitchen "After" Northwest

Nov 4, 2010

Surviving a Kitchen Remodel: Lessons Learned (Part I)

In May we began a kitchen remodeling that was—more or less—finished in July.  My original plan was to write a lessons-learned summary at the point where we were completely done.  That’s right, done–every seam sanded, all nail holes patched, curtains hung. That could be in 2015. Having spent many years (ok, decades) as an IT professional, I should have known … Continue reading

Aug 16, 2010

Surviving a Kitchen Remodel: The NeverEnding Story

I was feeling pretty good when we had most of the work on our new kitchen done in approximately 8 weeks. Admittedly there was one wall that still needed the drywall finished and the backsplash tile was pending, but I was in and functioning.  Then the backsplash went in, looked great and I felt fabulous.   I forgot to knock on … Continue reading

Kitchen View 2

Jul 16, 2010

Surviving a Kitchen Remodeling: Functional Again (Week 8)!

I would love to say that our kitchen is “done” rather than “functional” but we still have some work to go.  Remaining is some drywall work on the walls without cabinets, moldings (same walls, a window and a doorway) and the backsplash tiling.  Still we are able to get in and use it, which is a great victory! We thought … Continue reading

Hummus Dip with Snap Peas

Jul 8, 2010

Surviving a Kitchen Remodel (with Hummus Recipe): Week 7

At this point we are primarily waiting for our countertop to arrive, so week seven was a slower week. John installed some of the shelves and we moved a few things in, but otherwise we are at a standstill.  Not entirely bad, since we were able to get away for the 4th of July weekend and have some fun. Cooking … Continue reading

New Cabinets!

Jun 28, 2010

We Have Cabinets!

We have completed week 6 of our kitchen remodeling and we have cabinets!!  They were installed Monday through Thursday last week and they are beautiful!  I am so glad we paid to have them professionally installed; it was done well and quickly, our installer (Rick) had recommendations for all the little questions we would have obsessed on, and we have … Continue reading

New Kitchen Floor

Jun 21, 2010

Surviving a Kitchen Remodel: Week 5

Week 5 of our kitchen remodel is now complete.  We have a floor!  This was a good week from the perspective of our work load, but tougher from a disruption standpoint. The new floor is ¾“oak hardwood and extends into a hallway.  This means that at times we were cut off from the first floor bathroom as well as the … Continue reading

Beginning of flooring install

Jun 14, 2010

Surviving a Kitchen Remodel: Week 4

The end of week 4 of our kitchen remodeling was a flurry of activity.  And we are still behind schedule on some tasks, though it looks like we can still meet our end date. Last week (week 4) John finished installing the drywall, except for the bay window wall which succumbed to lack of time (we were advised to avoid taping … Continue reading

May 27, 2010

Surviving a Kitchen Remodeling: Week Two Progress

Well, we’ve had some tough moments, but the roadblocks are starting to clear (knocking wood as I type). I spent a few sleepless nights worrying about the impact of the asbestos covered duct on the project timing, but the schedule looks much more positive now.  Here are the accomplishments: Asbestos covered duct is gone.  When the contractor called us back … Continue reading

Kitchen - End of Week One

May 24, 2010

Surviving a Kitchen Remodel: End of Week One

We have now completed our first week of kitchen remodeling. The cabinets are down, the refrigerator (including filtered water) is installed in the living room, and the stove is in the basement where we hoped it would share the 220 outlet with the dryer.  In the end the plugs didn’t match (I guess there is something about different amperage…). John … Continue reading