Today our electrician said “ABRACADABRA….you wanna see some of the lights on??”…and poof…THERE WAS LIGHT!!!! (We are still working over the plan for the ceiling…we are looking at a Jan. 1 finish date).
This post has been a long time coming.
I’ve wanted to post so many times in the past few months, but geez, this kitchen remodel is taking every available second. (I know you know if you have ever had the extreme pleasure of going through this experience.)
This was the ‘state of disaster’ during the summer. (We had a sink and a working fridge while we tried to finalize a design.)
It was back in March I started taking down sheet rock in the kitchen — and the lovely pony wall. The idea was…change the way it looked so I could see the possibilities. Which helped and didn’t help. (Remember we spent that horrible month dealing with pests who realized we had shifted their stratosphere. They wanted in and we did battle. And thankfully won.)
It took several conversations with architects, designers and then finally the builder we went with — to decide on the layout of the new kitchen. (BTW…I love working with this builder. He is amazing … and knows just when to call me out on my BU___T.)
A few more words on my lovely builder … we spent a lot of time in the ‘design’ phase. He advised me the more time we spent there, fewer problems would be encountered during the actual construction phase. Boy, was he right. (We still, every now and then, remind each other, ‘Hey, didn’t we talk about that. You know. The cabinet here in the corner was gonna work this way.’)
This is the kitchen about two weeks ago…right after they put up the ‘rock’ and just before the tape and float guy worked his magic.
The real demo work didn’t start until about six weeks ago — and it feels like every day there is a moment when I stop and almost want to cry because I see the design taking shape. I see our shared vision coming into view.
(Speaking of view, we replaced the old window above the sink with a picture window of the backyard and this, with the new patio door — provides so much light you don’t even need to turn on lights. YES!!)
It was just within the last two weeks the sheetrock went up — and then the tape and float guy did his job.
Actually, today, some of the can lighting was turned on in the kitchen. So, what has always been a dark, dank space where I washed dishes, is fully illuminated…and since I know where the counters are going I can tell every inch will be as light as 3 o’clock on any Austin summer day. YES!! Seriously, folks, it’s bringing tears to my eyes.
We couldn’t match the color of the siding …they just don’t make it anymore…so we agreed to use white for now…we’re gonna paint the entire house anyway.
One of the big moments today was the demolition of ‘cinder block’ stairs that would take you from the back of the house to the backyard. Jeff and Jason, our day-to-day guys on the job, walked those cinder blocks out to the BAGSTER out front. So, now, this is the third or fourth BAGSTER we’ve used up just on ‘little things’ with this job.
As they peeled back some of the blocks, they discovered items left from the initial construction of the stairs — a LITE PILSNER BEER CAN, an OLD MOTOR and a construction brick that says ‘FRASER CLAY.’ We were hoping to find a baggie with money, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Oh, well…there’s next week. ha!!
A super fun moment watching Jeff drill away at the ‘cinder block’ steps we have used for the past seven years. Thank the lord they served us well…and I am glad we have a way to dispose of them🙂
All the fun treasure found today in the ‘cinder block’ structure…an old beer can, a clay brick..and an old motor…you know…just ‘backfill’ for us country folk.
This is probably the fourth BAGSTER we have filled with just ‘odds and ends’ of this kitchen remodel.
(thanks, btw…for sitting through this long post, and trying to make out what’s in these fuzzy images. My Canon is being shipped back to the factory — to deal with the SD card slot — which is jammed. So, for now, I’m having to take pics on my i-phone. Ugh.)