These past months since my last post have been a blur in time, a whirlwind of activity between work, working around the house and the yard, the kitchen remodel, and working through my PTSD with the VA. And through it all, my wife and I have been rebuilding our marriage from the ground up, getting to know each other again and working together better than we have before in all the time we’ve been married. Work has been crazy and we went through an government inspection which we’ve been preparing for since January this year. The inspectors were with us for the past two weeks and I’m glad it’s over. We’ll find out the results in a few weeks.
The kitchen remodel turned out to spectacular – there’s no other way to describe it. The image to the left was our remodel from the early 90s and it’s done us well over the years. With retirement just around the corner (October 31, 2014), my wife and I sat down last year and planned everything that needed to be accomplished before I retired this year and remodeling the kitchen was high on the list.
We planned the kitchen last year. My partner already had a general concept in mind and we began filling in the details to make sure it would be what we wanted. Wood was going to be the central theme, including the countertop.
We hired a local contractor, received the estimate, went over the plans a number of times to ensure everything was thought about; including what we would do, and what was the contractor’s responsibility; and gave the go-ahead to begin in March. With the exception of the floor, the main ceiling lights, the fridge and the stove, everything else was ripped out.
By the time it was completed, the family room ceiling was “de-popcorned”, new texture applied, repainted and the rest of the family room and kitchen repainted. Of the five cabinets, three were hand built and the other two refaced. A farmer’s sink was installed in the new 12′ long butcher block countertop and the over the counter cabinets were replaced with a plate rack. The exhaust fan pulled out, a new one installed and a custom hood was built.
The cabinet between the fridge and the stove was custom made with a lower height and a butcher block top. The old tile back splash was pulled off, cleaned and reinstalled over the stove and a custom built pan rack was placed at the end of the stove. New lights were put in and a custom made metal cup rack placed in the far corner where closed cabinets once were.
As the main butcher block counter was a bit shorter than the original countertop, my wife came up with the kitchen “shed” idea which both filled the empty spot and is a perfect place to store baking sheets and the like.
After the remodel.
An addendum: I forgot to include a photo of the new plate rack that also shows the backsplash made of “reclaimed” lumber…in this case, the backsplash is flooring from about 80 years ago.
It was a lot of work, there was dust and chaos everywhere but it slowly came to life….and now, the grand view.