People have told me for years that a remodel project will always take longer than you expect because of unforeseen issues. Got that right!
I’m not big on snap decisions so I was torn on whether to take down the wall between the formal dining room (used once or twice a year) and the kitchen. Should I pop the dropped ceiling in the kitchen? Was it worth the time and investment?
I spent the bulk of the winter planning, working with a designer, visiting showroom after showroom until I felt confident in my choices.
By the end of April the appliances and cabinets were ordered. The contractor was scheduled and soon I finalized orders for hardware, doors, tile and other details. Now the waiting game begins.
Before the actual construction began, I solicited the support of my son-in-laws to help remove the cabinets to either donate or use in their own garages. The process was easier than I thought…all systems go.
Next step was to remove the drywall on the ceiling and between the kitchen and dining room. I signed up to do that myself (I know…not smart). However, I did think to get an asbestos and lead test before I began this project. The test revealed a small amount of asbestos in the wall and ceiling texture, more than allowed. First budget and time set back. Oh well, I’ll chalk it up to just one of those things.
Next, the permit was pulled and the contractors crew came out to demo the structural pieces while the plumbing and electrical crew assessed electrical and plumbing changes. Needless to say we must have had a prior ‘do it yourselfer’, so the extent of the work was greater than expected. Oh well, better to do it right than regret it later.
In the meantime, my house is quite a sight. Frig in the living room by the front door, new doors stacked throughout the 1st floor, furniture and old cabinets stuffed into the garage, and constant dust. I’ve learned to embrace the dust and know that it doesn’t matter.
Cooking, other than microwave reheats, is down to zilch. Cheese and crackers, grapes and cherries, Rudi’s gluten free Cherry Almond Bars, popcorn, and hot dogs top the list. Eating out and meals with the McKennas have been wonderful. Soon, I hope to be able to cook REAL food and use the greens waiting in my garden.
It’s exciting, I suppose, or will be once it’s done. The dogs aren’t complaining as this is the most excitement they’ve had in years!
I am lucky to have a wonderful contractor and crew to work with. Any way you slice it, it’s a long, involved process. Be prepared, be patient, and look forward to the day you can cook your favorite foods once again.