Friday, July 18, 2014

Progress Report–Kitchen Reno Week 4


This week was productive but not very pretty!


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More hardwood floor demo and we found some beautiful vintage linoleum under the family room carpet…
 
 
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Hello 1972!
 
 
It was a lot of work getting all of that wood and vinyl flooring ripped up and out. Imagine 3 inch staples and nails everywhere…and I do mean everywhere!
 
 
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Thankfully we did not find any “surprises” (aka more $$)…and the sub floor will be ready for the new hardwood to be installed on July 28.
 
 
Here is a little peek at my cabinet, countertop, backsplash and floor samples…
 
 
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I have been finding some relief from all the dust and mess by gazing at these samples for the last few days. I just cannot wait to see it all installed and come together! Next week will be cabinet delivery and installation…that will be welcomed progress!


On another note…remember that we are remodeling our master bathroom as a result of finding some water damage during the kitchen demo? Well…I was more than excited to get the vanity delivered yesterday…


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More info on this gorgeous vanity coming soon…stay tuned!



Friday, July 11, 2014

Progress Report…Kitchen Reno Week 3


This weeks progress may not look like much in the photo…


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But, I am so happy to see the drywall up and textured! Let me tell you…drywall day is MESSY! Thank goodness for the plastic drapes they have put up to contain the dust. The photo above also shows the progress on removing the existing carpet and hardwood floors from the new space. We will be installing new hardwood throughout the entire downstairs. So excited about that!
 
We also got our new window installed…
 
 
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This window is centered over my future farmhouse sink…so I will be enjoying this view frequently…and hopefully soon!
 
For now, I am often found outside in the backyard, relaxing in the only clean spot at my house…
 
 
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In my next post I will be sharing a couple of DIY projects completed for the kitchen…and I finally picked my backsplash tile! Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks…
 
 
 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Progress Report…Kitchen Reno Week 2


In my last post I shared some demolition photos of our kitchen remodel. Today I want to share a few progress shots and what we found “behind the walls”.

 
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As you can see…at first glance there does not seem to be a whole lot of difference from demo day. However…lets take a closer look.
 
Here is the last before shot that I took the morning the crew was on their way…
 
 
 
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See the drop ceiling or soffit over the kitchen area! We assumed it was a faux soffit and probably left over from the last re-model when there was possibly a florescent light removed? Just guessing here…and we guessed wrong! That faux soffit was not faux at all…it was covering ALL of the upstairs plumbing! Of course.
 
Change Order #1…
 
 
 
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We had to bring in the plumber to cut out all of the old plumbing that was lower that the floor joists and replace it. Then install new floor joists around the new plumbing. Bottom line…more time and more $$.
 
Ok…back on track…right? Wrong! After removing more of the ceiling drywall we found another “issue”….
 
 
 
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See that little white dot? That is looking up from the kitchen area to the master bathroom floor…right outside the shower. That little white dot is daylight…bad news! Plus there is obvious signs of water damage along that whole seam.
 
Here is a look at the shower and original 1967 tile floor that is leaking…
 
 
 
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Bottom line…time to demo and remodel the master bathroom! This has been on our “list” for a while. We had planned to attack it after the dust of the kitchen project had settled. However, that project needs to happen now! No sense letting this leaky floor ruin my brand new kitchen.
 
Oh…did I mention that when the plumber was here he found our hot water heater was leaking? Yes…we had to replace it. Again…just more time and $$.
 
 
 
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So much for the budget! You hear all of the stories about remodels like this…finding surprises behind the walls. Well, let me tell you they are all true!
 
My favorite blog friend, Janell from House of Fifty, said this “sounds like a TV show”! Ha! I wish it was all demo’d, fixed, installed, and pretty in 30 minutes. Our big reveal is going to take just a little bit longer!