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2011 Kitchen Remodel

Three Rooms, One Job

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The day after I removed the clothes-folding counter and laundry basket holder

Laundry Room,
2 April 2011

They were getting ready to head to Vail the next day, for a week.

Brianna & Alissa
in the old kitchen
2 April 2011

The kitchen work would begin in less than 48 hours.

Another view,
old kitchen
2 April 2011

The guys asked me if I knew what this hot water pipe was for. I had no idea.

Unseen surprise hot
pipe under the island
11:01, 4 April 2011

These old cabinets were held up with both nails and screws.

Todd & Dick
removing cabinets
11:02, 4 April 2011

She was sitting up in bed one morning when I woke up and rolled over, staring
blankly toward her toes under the quilt. I asked her what she was looking at.

"Nothing. I need a change," she answered. Ohh, boy, I thought to myself,
I hope she doesn't want to remodel the kitchen or something. She looked me
square in the eyes and paused dramatically. Then she said it. I'll never forget it:

"We need a new kitchen. I'm tired of the layout, it just doesn't work for me."

Part of me was relieved that I wasn't going to have to move into my camper, if you
know what I mean. Part of me though, the chintzy guy, silently screamed in anguish.
Chintzy Guy would reprise his anxiety from time-to-time during the month-long
planning-and-design process, shamelessly scribbling "cute" witticisms on the blueprints...

The boss brought the guys some lunch on Day One.

Jim Woods, owner,
Heartland Homes
12:28, 4 April 2011

I invited the guys to eat downstairs after seeing them lunching on the bare floor.

Dick & Todd
lunching on McD's
12:28, 4 April 2011

The planning never ceased. These guys were working more than one site every day.

The Huddle:
Jim, Todd & Dick
12:43, 4 April 2011

They moved the old cabinets downstairs & to the laundry room.

Basement wet bar
taking shape.
13:37, 4 April 2011

The new plan called for the removal of the old soffits. A precarious, dirty job.

Coach Todd:
Soffit Destructor
15:30, 4 April 2011

Work started while I was away on Monday, 4 April, buying my groceries for the week. The island
had been de-constructed. There was a curious loop of hot water pipe which protruded from the flooring
underneath the island. I figured it was for... well, who knows? The original builder took that secret to
his grave with him. Todd (who had coached my two sons' Little League team, years ago!) and Dick were
simultaneously demolishing the kitchen and putting the cabinets in both the laundry room and downstairs
in the new wet bar. They did in one day what would have taken me a good week to do by myself. Alissa
had contracted Jim Woods, owner of Heartland Homes, to oversee the whole job. A good choice!

Taking shape nicely. Note the oak laminate piece that the guys harvested from the old island.

Laundry room
taking shape
17:29, 4 April 2011

Jenna helped me move this refrigerator into the basement on a snowy Sunday.

The wet bar,
yet counterless
17:31, 4 April 2011

Soffits were gone, wiring yet to be re-run.

Naked kitchen
before drywalling
17:32, 4 April 2011

The plumbers masterfully ran the gas supply from the garage, threading down through a wall and under the kitchen floor to the island.

Gas supply for
kitchen range top
16:45, 6 April 2011

Modern communications from one of the subcontractors. Good news!

Carpetworks left
this kitchen message.
17:28, 7 April 2011

I was sleeping in the cab-over camper while the guys worked in the house. I helped throw out
some of the discards so they could get on with the important stuff (inadvertently I accidentally
threw away materials they could have re-used). The plumbers, the electrician, and the flooring guys
appeared in finely coordinated order. I watched these craftsmen for clues on how to do the few things
I know how to do a little better. Alissa returned from snowboarding to a fully-functional wet bar, which
we used for basic living while the kitchen was being trimmed in. Then it was my turn to get out
of the house for a weekend (I went climbing with Squeak). While I was away, the Indian granite
countertops were installed in the kitchen, and Alissa installed a new dog door, thus moving the
animals' feeding stations out of the house. That would include the universally-despised litter box!

This was one of my nightly cellphone reports to Alissa while she was away snowboarding.

Custom cabinets
mostly installed.
17:35, 8 April 2011

Alissa sent me this cellphone image while I was away climbing. We'd traded places.

Indian granite
18:02, 15 April 2011

Merrill helped Alissa install this new dog door, which leads to the garage.

The dog door,
another change!
21:53, 16 April 2011

The countertops in the wet bar & laundry room went in on ~12 April

Wet bar & Eli
now a reality
20:55, 19 April 2011

The lights weren't installed yet, but Alissa moved in where ever she could.

Happy woman
loading the drawers
20:56, 7 April 2011

I don't know the two gentlemen who installed the granite, but they were very nice and they did a great job.
When I returned from climbing four days later, Alissa was already filling cupboards and drawers with her
kitchenwares. Bill the Electrician took a couple of days (half days, actually. Again, he had more than one
job going at a time) to wire up the kitchen. Once we had lighting, it was easier for Todd to finish trimming
out the cabinets. Jim Woods stopped by for one last time a few hours after Todd was finished to admire it all.

The undercabinet lighting fixtures awaiting Bill the Electrician, who installed them the following day.

Light fixtures
all a-dangle
20:58, 19 April 2011

Amos waiting for his turn on the step stool?

Alissa figuring out
where stuff goes
20:59, 19 April 2011

Yet to be finished, the stairs will probably received the same tiling as the kitchen.

Naked stairs:
food for thought
13:25, 20 April 2011

This tiling is surprisingly quiet and comfortable. Before the baseboard was re-installed.

Hallway flooring is
same as the kitchen
13:27, 20 April 2011

Only the kick panels and the wine rack are missing in this photo.

A used wet bar
is a happy place
10:26, 22 April 2011

So, we now have the change that Alissa was talking about. One of her favorite features is the
base cabinet which houses her Kitchenaid mixer: she opens the door, swings the mixer out and up
on its integral platform, where it is already connected to its own electrical supply. She opens a drawer
behind her, scoops out flour, sugar or whatever she's mixing, reaches for a cup of water, pulls any
spices she needs from the sliding spice rack right beside the mixer... all of these things save her
seconds, minutes, and cumulatively hours. In fact, as I am composing this web page, she is baking
a pound cake in one oven, a brisket in the other oven, and proofreading my last posting...

Bill finished the electrical. Only the gas rangetop needed to be installed.

Waiting for the
gas range...
10:28, 22 April 2011

Todd was putting the finishing touches on the laundry room.

Only a few small
tasks left here
10:29, 22 April 2011


Presenting the
Laundry Room!
15:11, 27 April 2011


Presenting the
Kitchen Sink!
10:05, 28 April 2011

Taa-DA-A-HHH!!!! No trouble lighting those cigars now, honey!

Presenting the
gas range top!
10:06, 28 April 2011

And Chintzy Guy? He's just glad it got done... and he really doesn't say much...

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Thanks to all the craftsmen who made this all a reality!