So progress on the new kitchen continues and we hope to be done this coming week. On Monday they will install the counter top and then we can connect the Dishwasher, Sink, and Range. There also are several pendant lights to be installed and the electricians are installing some lights in my basement. The painting also should be done on Monday as well as we only have left the hallway doors (two coats) and then one coat on the walls in the kitchen and the halls. Everything has gone very well with the project both in terms of timing and especially the quality of the materials and workmanship. After they install the counter top we will have to go shopping for the back splash. We have some ideas, but are not positive about what we want to do, so we are hoping to go with our Kitchen Designer for her help with colors, etc….
Once we get the kitchen done we have to start concentrating on the addition we are going to put in off the kitchen. If you look at the picture at the top of the page of the kitchen, on the left edge appears a doorway that is covered with plywood. That was a large sliding glass door (out to a porch that is falling apart) that was taken out and the opening was re-sized to eventually be an opening to the addition which will serve as our new living room. Our current living room will be changed into a formal dining room with a sitting area in front of the fireplace. The first step in this process is to figure out exactly where our septic system is so that we can plan how big and where exactly we can build. This week I will be meeting with the Valley Health Agency regarding our Septic System and whether or not we need a property survey so we can make some decisions about the size/location of the addition.
Re-doing the kitchen has disrupted our lives, but not to a major extent. We set up a kitchen in the guest bed room (same room I did Dialysis in) and we borrowed a microwave from Kate, used an old electric fry pan, bought a toaster oven and used the grill so cooking wasn’t a major issue. I did have to do dishes in the bathroom sink, which is a pain in the neck. The biggest headache will be to unpack the pod that is in the front yard holding most of the items from the guest bedroom (moved out to make room for the temp-kitchen), the Garage (moved out items so we could fit cabinets, appliances and construction materials) and the kitchen/dining area items. We also have to bring up from the basement the boxes of dishes/glasses/silverware/pots and pans etc… that we packed up and put in the basement. The biggest challenge is carting them back upstairs. My strong man son-in-law, Kenny, carted all the boxes down so no thought was taken to how heavy the boxes were. Now I have to cart them back up and while I don’t have a limit to what I can lift like after surgery, I don’t have the strength I used to have – so this could take a while.