But since it's been a while - - here is a very long post to catch every one up on the saga of CMR Phase II: Kitchen-New....
On Friday the 16th - - this was the BIG news....
|Big moving truck FULL of kitchen cabinets sent all the way from Seattle from Henrybuilt!|
|The stuff was extremely well packed and there was loads and loads of stuff|
It was really great to see these cabinets. If you recall we had a CATASTROPHE regarding the ceiling height. Turns out it was a problem with the measurements and the folks that caused the problem stepped up immediately to rectify. Best of all, Henrybuilt came to the rescue, did us a real solid and got everything taken care of with only 1 week delay in shipping! Hazzah!!!
The cabinets came on a Friday and I hustled off to Phoenix the following Monday without a single view of the damn things getting unpacked. I wish I had a photo of the garage, since all that was left was a wee narrow space for George the Elder to park his Ducati in. My car was ousted long ago to make room for the stove, but at least you used to be able to walk through it to get to the lower level of the house. Not so much once the cabinets were unloaded!
After I left - - George the Elder stayed behind a couple more days to work and to keep watch and to take some photos of cabinets starting to go in. Since I wasn't around I have no idea of the sequence - - but you'll get the gist...
|This big boy actually belongs across the room as part of the "tall wall" - - it is 3 cabinets that sit at counter height and will house appliances, the microwave and, in the very top cabinet, lots of things I will never be able to reach :)|
|Upper stove nook cabinets are partnered with their lower buddies. These sit back a little from their big brothers and will eventually have glass fronted doors. The uppers will be solid.|
|In goes the sink counter! The dishwasher will eventually sit to the far left. "Tall Wall" will be on the right.|
|Back to the Stove nook. This cabinet sits to the right of the stove and will eventually house a wire shelving type unit where we can put oils and what not with in easy reach of the cook top.|
It's at this point in installation that George the Elder brought G3 and H to meet me in Phoenix. We returned to SF to see the kitchen-new in a whole new light. These views will be preserved soley in our memory since I did not take any photos. In fact, I got lazier than Ian McLazy of the McLazy clan and didn't take many photos for a while....I suck.
This week I finally got out the camera to capture the floor tile going in. I also got out the camera today to take some photos of what things look like as I sit here typing....so here we go...
|A view standing at the back door.|
|A view looking in from the dining room.|
|We used a big 12x12 square with very tight spacing.|
And with only a couple of weeks left before we are supposed to be "mostly finished" - - here's what's on the agenda...
I would be lying if I said that the time had gone so quickly that I didn't even notice it -- but then again, it hasn't exactly been dragging either. We are more than pleased that our team is working so well together. Problems arise every single day. Little ones mostly - and some not so little ones - - but they are getting resolved in one way or another. True that the "one way" generally involves us spending more money - - but that's the nature of the beast.
Luke still seems to think we'll be ready for Christmas. I am cautiously optomistic. Still so much to be done - - more drywalling, changing of the stove hood, installation of the roof blower for the range hood, construction on the roof, replacement of the gutters on the back of the house, more tiling, painting, more cabinets to come and get installed, dishwasher and stove to get installed, electrical and plumbing to finish... and the list goes on. I just had a flash of Ty from "Extreme Makeovers" screaming in to his bull horn - - "LET'S GET WORKING PEOPLE!!!!!!"