|Smiling Foreman Luke....|
|Center Island in blue tape.|
|The whole right side of the "tall" cabinet wall and the sink counter layout. Window is till the old window....waiting anxiously for new window!!|
|Stove nook with new wall framed behind it and blue tape layout of bottom cabinets. Window gone bye-bye.|
This is the last and final view from this angle - - open view from kitchen in to dining room. As of today, that view is gone. Sidewall that abuts the closet is now framed. Dining room door is taped closed again. The final "palette" for the kitchen is finished in that corner.
Many months ago we started this project. The kitchen was measured by our architects - - or at least the floor dimensions were. The architect sent a CAD file to our cabinet designer in NYC. She then proceeded to design a very cool and efficient kitchen in that space. There were several back and forths about getting an inch here - or getting a half and inch there (hence the space we took from the dining room and guest room closets). We were looking for wee inches every where we could. We must have measured that room corner to corner no less than 20 times. We did it with a measuring tape, we did it with lasers, I even once measured the dining room closet space with my sewing yard stick. It. Was. Measured. We were CERTAIN.
And guess what? When it was all laid out in blue tape - - it all fits. It looks great. Our many measurements worked perfectly. Or did it? Not so fast...
Yesterday we got a beautiful package of installation instructions from Henrybuilt on the many intricate steps that my construction guys were going to need to take to get my big old bad johnny cabinets installed the perfect way. They came to me by email in a PDF file with a negative 2 font - - so Luke went to Kinkos and arrived here this morning with a BIG GIANT copy of the plans. We looked at the plans - - everything fit. That is until Luke takes his measuring tape and does something I never did in all the times that kitchen was measured. He measured the height. He checked the plans and measured the height again. He checked the plans and used a laser to measure the height again. Cause, guess what friends??? It's all kinds of wrong. All kinds of 6" shorter wrong.
This wouldn't be a big CATASTROPHE if I didn't have floor to ceiling cabinets all along one wall. Floor. To. Ceiling. Or technically now, I've got floor to roof cabinets sitting some where in Seattle biding their time to be trucked down here to SF. This is NOT GOOD.
Foreman Luke, who I mentioned is great at keeping me calm when things go sideways -- has repeated "don't worry, we'll work it out" about a dozen times. So, I haven't completely come unglued. I don't know who measured the height. Was it our architects who then passed that info on to our kitchen designer? Was it our kitchen designer who just plugged in a number? I haven't got a clue. I know it wasn't me - since I never measured - - but I suspect that the buck stops here since I suspect I should have.
Wrote panicked email to Kitchen Designer in NYC. Kitchen Designer says DON'T panic. They can fix it. I'm not exactly panicked, but I suspect my wallet will be when the "don't panic" becomes of-course-we-can-fix-it-for-the-low-low-cost of a boat load of money.
Let's see what tomorrow brings.....