Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More movement

Things have been at a standstill for the past week. The granite guys showed up yesterday and started installing my counter tops. (YAY!) Whoever did their measuring, however, messed up. I have a peninsula/bar part of the counter that was supposed to have an 8 inch overhand. The granite was cut without this overhand and was only the width of the cabinets. Big oops. After a phone call or two, Melissa, my kitchen redo organizer, kicked some but and got them to cut a new piece of granite and install it the same day. The plumber and electrician will be in next week as will the tilers and I will be all done except for a bit of paint.



It reminds me of the beach.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Kitchen updates

I was out of town this weekend for a rockin' Hawaiian luau themed wedding shower put on by my lovely sister and mum. Great food, great friends, great time. I'm very grateful to everyone who took time out of their day to spend it with me.



The flooring is done.



The cabinets are in. Randall is here today finishing up the crown molding. The dishwasher and deep freeze should arrive a little later this afternoon and then it is off to a hair appointment and a dance lesson for me.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The flooring guys did a fabulous job today. They finished up the living room and kitchen.



I couldn't figure out why they had started using the upstairs bathrooms. These guys had been very polite and wouldn't even venture up there when I've been home and they had a question. Then I figured it out. They've gutted the downstairs half bath and put the flooring in there.

I leave for PC, OK tomorrow morning. I'm trying to pack up and herd the cat into the Rodeo. I'll leave her at C's house and he can kittysit until I get back on Tuesday. I'm off to do the last of the wedding planning and attend the nice shower my mom and sis have put together for me.



They got most of the entry way completed. They've laid out stuff for the dining room. The main floor should be DONE tomorrow and they should be working on the stairs.



The cabinets showed up tonight.



I really like the color of the wood.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Brazilian Cherry!

The flooring is going in. Juan and his boys work fast. I imagine the kitchen and living room will be completed tomorrow and there will probably be some pretty generous work done on the entryway and dining room as well.



Here's a sample of the wood next to my pale, pale foot so you can do a color comparison.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Flooring progress, sort of

More flooring was ripped out today. I have a pile of old, used nail filled boards in the garage next to my neatly stacked Brazilian cherry.




Got the duct work for the vent hood in.




Lots of electrical cables in place for my new lights.

Monday, April 14, 2008

No photo updates today, the battery on my camera died and I'm still looking for the charger. The contractor ripped out the flooring in the kitchen and the stairwell in preparation for the Brazilian cherry flooring. There are also a bunch of new walls in the ceiling and walls with electric cable hanging out of them. This is a good thing. A lot of other things were going to be hung up if the electrician didn't get out today and do some wiring. He even got the 220 in for the stove....now I just have to order everything. Except for a new patio door which will take _4_ weeks to get here, everything should be done by the end of the next week....barring any complications. And there are always complications.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


I thought the colors on those last pictures seemed a bit dark. Here's one that's color corrected.

More kitchen stuff




Here are samples of what's going into the kitchen. On the left is a sample of the granite and the maple cabinets. On the right is a sample of the tiles that will make up the backsplash. The darker rectangular tiles are just an example of the shape and texture, but will be the same color as the hexagonal tiles.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Kitchen renovation

I've mentioned it in a few previous posts, but I've never made direct reference to it. C and I are renovating the kitchen. The impetus for this started a year ago when I bought a new refrigerator and was convinced by the slick saleslady to go up a size. Needless to say, the new fridge was too big by just a smidgen.




I've wanted to redo the kitchen since moving in. The original builder totally cheaped out on everything in here and the colors all looked like they were picked off the discount table at Lowe's. After months of talking and looking at plans, this thing has kicked off into full gear. My contractor called on Tuesday to let me know they could start demolition of the kitchen on Friday. After two days of frantically cleaning out the kitchen and multiple runs down the basement steps, I got it all cleaned out. I went to DC on Friday to have dinner with C. Saturday, I had a dress fitting, took C out to the airport (have a nice trip, sweety!), and attended a nice wedding reception. I finally got home to this:





Guess I can't put it off anymore. Renovation is in full swing. Leave it to me to be doing a full blown renovation 41 days before my wedding.