What was going to be an ongoing weekend project that would keep us busy all winter, has now become something that we are in a rush to get to ready for sheetrock. Demolition, although somewhat therapeutic, is still not fun. It’s dusty, messy, and sort of dangerous. My husband is much better with a Sawzall than I am, so he had the task of taking out the recessed closet area in the hall bath to
As the bath remodeling progresses, the clock is ticking and I realize that I had better get the cabinetry ordered. Designing for your own space is difficult enough, factor in a spouse that somehow over the years has developed some design preferences of his own and I’ve got a major project on my han
Early October started off rather chilly in Minnesota, and because our plumber also does heating work he was tied up with furnace issues for the first half of the month. So we had to wait a while longer for him to make time to tear out the fixtures we were planning on eliminating.
It seems that anytime you tackle a remodeling project it leads to another project, which then rolls into another project and it goes on and on. You paint the walls and the window treatments could use an update, new carpet in the hallway, now the bedrooms look a little dingy. Replace the dishwasher and the other appliances really show their age. I call it the snowball effect, you start with s
We decided that this summer we were going to put the remodeling projects on hold and enjoy the weather. Who knew it was going to be so hot and humid day after day after day? I don’t mind a little heat and humidity every once in a while but when it drags on for a month and you would rather be inside in the air conditioning, something is just not right. It’s almost a summertime version of cabi
The kitchen is finally finished!
While Darryl, the installer extraordinaire, begins to work his magic in the kitchen I find myself with more decisions that need to be made before the project is complete. The critical decision at the moment is the cabinet hardware. Most installers like to have the hardware on site around the same time they start the installation. It’s typically one of the last things they do, but when they a
The preliminary work is complete. The electrician added the necessary circuits for the microwave and range. We moved outlets, added more lighting and added switches where there were none. The plumber who also is our HVAC person moved the ducting to its new location and capped off the sink lines for the installer. We installed the tile floor and primed the walls.
One of our changes to the space is to create a real pass-through. In the original kitchen there was sort of a pass-through to the dining room; very small and too high off the countertop to have any purpose other than being a trimmed out hole in the wall. We wondered if the original contractor had framed the opening thinking that this was where the doorway was supposed to be, realized his mist
The kitchen design has been finalized, the appliances selected and because we’ve done this before we have decided to do the entire tear out of the existing kitchen ourselves. Demolition can be very therapeutic, but also a little nerve wracking. We are tearing into a room we use daily and will be without for several weeks.
Let me preface this by saying designing your own kitchen is the most difficult project a kitchen designer can tackle. Working at Dura Supreme and walking through the factory every day I have the opportunity to see cabinetry being manufactured in every style and finish imaginable. The options are endless and it’s really difficult to narrow down your choices.
Is it time for a kitchen remodel or can you live with it for a while longer? Would diving in to a full remodel make the space better or could you get by with some minor fixes?