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!


  1. Oh, sounds like one problem after another. I sure hope the rest of the project goes smoothly for you. The end is hopefully near for you!

    1. Honestly I am not surprised by all the issues. I am a believer in Murphy's Law, haha. Overall things aren't as bad as they could be. We have managed to dodge some serious repairs (like if the sill plate had been damaged, if the mold had been worse, and if we had encountered asbestos) so I am thankful for that in any regard.


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