Here are a few pictures to remind you of the skeleton of a kitchen we were left with after the demo. The floors were taken down to the sub-floor after the tile was ripped up. Some of the walls were removed to route the piping and electrical.
The ceiling was stripped off because we were going to raise it. Unfortunately,
the men of the project we didn’t apply for the permits before the demo and didn’t allow enough time for the review so we had to scrap that portion of the project. The permit review would have cost us our entire contingency schedule. In retrospect, I’m glad I played the bad guy by saying no because we ran into a few delays and as you know, the baby came early.
With the kitchen down to its bones, the water, gas, and electrical (including the ceiling lights) were re-routed for the new layout. All of the appliances were relocated and we even added a new wall unit for the fridge. The new layout was taped off so we could get a feel for the room before we started the installation to make sure it felt right. This was helpful because I did change one of the cabinet sizes to make the room more symmetrical.
Next, the drywall was hung to close out the open walls and ceiling. Plywood was installed as a base for the tile.
The walls were texturized to hide any imperfections due to the drywall seams. Lesson learned: Don’t texturize over wallpaper. The previous owners had painted the wallpaper before we moved in. The weight and moisture of the texturizer caused some parts of the wall to bubble. It probably didn’t help that it was raining all week. The walls had to be scraped down and redone.
Eeek! It was late March and the room was barely buttoned up. We had 3 weeks to finish and the big lady of the house was getting very nervous about the progress. Would we be able to get the kitchen done in time or would it have the same fate as Humpty Dumpty? We still had to:
-Lay the tile
-Install the cabinets and appliances
-Paint the walls
One of my biggest fears was a damaged appliance. They were delivered at the time of the demolition and were still in boxes. What if they didn’t work? Or were missing pieces? Or were scratched and dented?
What do you think the mood in the house was at this point?