Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Week's 5 and 6 of Kitchen Remodel

Week 5 was bad news due to  a man down...the hubbs hurt his back which meant no work for the both the kitchen and his job. The good news is he has recovered and is back to his normal grumpy self, ha.

Week 6 saw the bad portion of the floor cut out


and replaced

I wasn't there for all the drilling and lag bolt tie in of the sister joist beams- so no pics.  It took 2 layers of  plywood and countless shims to get the floor level in that section. There was a 2 inch slope over 4 feet, yikes! Every thing is nice tight now now. We still have 1 teeny tiny little section of linoleum that refuses to come up, so not sure what to do about that yet. There is still some slope to the floor but any gaps will covered with baseboard wrapping the cabinets.

We found out why the old wall cabinets sagged so much. We have a 3 and 3/8 off plumb slope on the wall. So the cabinets won't be level or flush if we leave it as is. Our solution-thanks to my brother in law-is to build a false wall, shim it and tie it in to the existing wall so we can have a true structure to mount the cabinets. We are going to lose 4 inches from the kitchen but it won't impact the floor plan.

The plumbing had to be cut and moved to accommodate this fix. The good news is 1) the plumbing can be ran up the wall and will be more accessible from the basement in the event of a repair and 2) since the wall is being bumped out and out basement/ cellar/ dungeon is very drafty is sends the cold air up to the kitchen, we have decided treat it as an outside wall and insulate. Which will be fantastic because the room is like frigid meat locker right now, bbbrrrr.

Week 7 will see the wall build out, beginning of the electrical and insulation installations.

Here's my list from my earlier kitchen remodel post with some additions/ modifications
  • Finish tearing out the plaster and lathe on the North wall
  • Tear out ceiling
  • Cut out the wall boards in the sink area to remove mold. It appears to be contained in a few spots. Decided to do a complete tear out
  • Patch/ repair the remaining 2 walls. Possibly skim coat. Decided to do a complete tear out
  • Build temporary supports for new headers over door and window.
  • Bleach and Odo-Ban the walls and allow to dry. 
  • Cut out a  2 foot by 8 foot floor section (sink area)
  • Sister the joist beams and shim where the floor slopes
  • Determine if sill plate needs repaired  Damage is minimal-yay!
  • Install a floor jack on North-East corner--where the the sill plate is water damaged
  • Move the stove outlet from floor to the wall and update to a new receptacle
  • Install necessary outlet for gas hookup (no connection to line, preparing in advance for stove replacement)--Maybe--checking on requirements
  • Build bump out wall (west wall/ kitchen sink side) to accommodate for out of plumb wall.
  • Lay a new subfloor
  • Replace, update and attach the outlet to a stud on east wall
  • Add 1-2 new receptacle(s) to the east wall (window wall)
  • Add 1 new receptacle to west wall
  • Purchase recessed light housing and trim kits
  • Order focal/ center light
  • Move center junction box, update and wire in a wall a 2 way switch for the ceiling fixture. 
  • Install recessed lights perimeter of the kitchen (3 on each wall) and install dimmer switch
  • Replace the window
  • Attach furring strips to the exterior walls (North and East) to bump out the depth
  • Insulate and seal. Minimize any possible cracks, leaks or vermin/bug/ draft entry points
  • Drywall, mud, tape, prime and paint
Finger's crossed I am done by Christmas!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Light up my life

How hard can it be to pick out ONE stinking light fixture? Apparently rather difficult since I can't decide. I talked about 4 of my choices HERE. I asked for feedback on the blog, my personal facebook page and my blog facebook page.

The results are...drum roll please...
33.3% for #1
33.3% for #2
33.3% for #3
Although 67% agree #3 is a beautiful light just not suited for a kitchen.
Y'all are nothing but decisive, haha! 

So here were are with round 2. 
There were comments about how many of the selections  looked "ordinary". You know what, I have to agree. I don't want anything too crazy but I don't want my kitchen to look like anyone else's either. So I did some more searching the web and found a few additional lighting choices that caught my attention.

This was an interesting find and has an "antique" flavor that is sure to match the vibe of my 1881 farmhouse. It does come in an option of brushed nickel eve though it is shown in oil rubbed bronze. Reasonably priced $188.00.
Pro's-Price, eye catching
Con's-Slightly resembles an outdoor light fixture
Galaxy, brushed nickel
I like the "old fashioned meets modern twist" of this fixture. $199.90
Pro's-Price, eye catching
Con's-The glass shade is a bug collector
Livex, brushed nickel

This reminded me of a captain's wheel. Ahoy there matey...arrrggg!  Very unusual. Shown in bronze but does come in a nickel finish. $356.20
Pro's-Unique
Con's-PRICE and design might not be suited to my kitchen
Lustarte, brushed nickel
How about industrial schoolhouse?   Now class--you need to settle down...$279.00
Pro's-unique
Con's-PRICE
Hudson Valley, brushed nickel
Okay I am completely crushing on this fixture. First-the Edison style bulbs are so very cool and 2nd the glass shade reminds me of an Erlenmeyer flask (a nod to my 20+ years working as a chemist). Mad Scientist, mwhahahaha..um .... $199.00
Pro's-Unique, price
Con's- cost of replacement bulbs and a slightly darker finish than what I had envisioned for the space
Hinkley, antique nickel

 Please leave me a comment as to which you would choose and why.




Sunday, October 6, 2013

Week 4 of Kitchen Remodel



I know I had said  previously we weren't going to take the ceiling down but my step dad poked around a bit and decided there was no asbestos. To be on the safe side the tiles were misted with water to hopefully prevent any airborne particles, the rest of the house was resealed with a double layer of taped in place plastic, fans were installed to pull air out of the kitchen and the guys put on respirators. 

The aftermath looks like a wrecking ball hit the place. There is an avalanche of debris. We gained 4 inches of ceiling height because of all the layers. Acoustical tiles, luan board, 2 x4's across the plaster, tar paper, plaster board and lathe. 


Of course this means I can have lights I want wired in the places I pick and NOT have track lighting--WOOT!

So I am thinking these around the perimeter of the room 3 each spaced equi-distant and set 15-18 inches from each wall, which puts them 3-6 inches from  the cabinets.  They can be dimmed, aimed and do not have a large housing. Not to mention a 4 pack is $169, complete with trim. Two of these please...
4 inch white LED
I think for my main light fixture -which will now be centered in the room-yay! It's the little things, haha I am undecided between these.

Downward light priced at $138.96
Pro's-Inexpensive, Easy to clean the glass shades (bugs can't collect inside them)
Con's-Looks generic/ inexpensive, No bulb diffuser
Madison, Brushed Nickel
Upward light priced at $258.00
Pro's-Looks slightly higher end, no light bulb glare
Con's-price, shades will collect bugs
Sierra, Brushed Nickel
Upward light with shade, $99.97
Pro's-Price and GORGEOUS!
Con's-Fabric shade-not suitable to a kitchen, too fanciful, more of a dining room type light fixture
Gala, Polished Nickel
Downward light, Glass shade , $64.96
Pro's-Price, Glass shade, Diffuse light, simple lines
Con's-Bug Collector shade, slightly modern
Hampton Bay, Brushed Nickel
So what light fixture would you choose?