This is progress?

by Michael Alderete on 4/13/2005 · 6 comments

A quick update on the kitchen remodel. (Look, I wrote it without a qualifier! I must be coming to acceptance…) The photos in the previous post about the remodel were from the end of March. Two weeks after the second one, our kitchen looked more like this:

Two days later, it looked like this (not the same perspective, but you get the idea):

That was a week ago. We’ve made progress since then, but it’s still a gutted room. We’re hoping to start filling the house with sheetrock dust (it’ll sift down nicely on top of the plaster dust) before the week ends, but doubt if we’ll have four walls and a ceiling before mid-next-week…

Brian Mikol April 13, 2005 at 12:55 pm

Good freakin’ lord! Wow!

Wait - I thought you were keeping the original wainscoting?

Alderete April 13, 2005 at 2:06 pm

The original wainscot was taken off the walls to allow all the new electrical to be put in easily, and to allow us to insulate the walls from top to bottom (they were previously uninsulated).

Much of it was salvaged, and is sitting in our basement, waiting to be put back on. The rest was either seriously screwed up from its installation, subsequent patchwork when the previous owner did some creative plumbing (wait ‘til you see that modern art masterpiece), or from taking it off the walls.

We have enough to cover the sections of the room that will show, while the parts of the room behind cabinets and fixtures will just be painted drywall.

mom April 13, 2005 at 8:46 pm

Was the ‘backside’ still ‘good’????

Terri April 14, 2005 at 9:33 am

Dear God! I thought WE were still living in remodel hell.

Michael Morrissey May 4, 2005 at 6:24 am

Serious question: how do you keep the cat out when you’re doing this work? I can’t imagine the plastic sheeting is enough…

Alderete May 4, 2005 at 7:19 am

The issue was most important during the demolition, when Basta especially would come back with a thin layer of plaster dust, that I couldn’t imagine was good for her to be cleaning off herself. So we started keeping the dining room door closed, which separates the kitchen and dining room from the rest of the house. They have a hard time getting through solid wood, thank god.

But mostly the noise does it. There’s a lot of loud, scary noises, and the cats have settled into a “comfortable” routine of hiding in their own rooms, well away from it, during actual construction.

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