Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Make That Eight Phases

It turns out that there are two phases of getting the kitchen done that I either forgot, or needed to expound upon.  Paul rightly pointed out that the window replacement we did deserves its own phase, because it was an arduous job and took a lot before we could complete it.  See past posts here and here.  The second added phase is a new basement laundry sink.  To what does that pertain in a kitchen, you might ask?  Well, once we remove the kitchen sink to do the next phase of cabinet replacement, we realized that it would be very nice to have a clean and attractive basement sink in order to wash our dishes in until the new kitchen sink was in place and functional.  The old one was a massive concrete affair, battle-scarred and ugly, frightening.  (Julie referred to it as a "Hannibal Lector" sink, recalling the end of the movie The Silence of the Lambs, with the creepy basement - it wasn't actually that bad, but you get the idea!)

So, I have revised the phases, below.  You will note that the basement sink phase is checked off as complete.  It is!  We bought the sink, and the plumber came and took care of it today.  More on that in a subsequent post.

The Phases (a  indicates completion):
  1. Make it livable (completed in 1988): remove "island", place south wall base cabinets and cheap countertop)
  2. 2011-2012: New kitchen windows 
  3. 2012: North wall gutting, insulating, initial electrical, wallboard, and upper cabinets, west wall uppers
  4. 2015: New basement laundry sink 
  5. Knotty pine removal, wallboard, and electrical for east and south walls, keep existing base cabinets and cheap countertop
  6. New base cabinets for north and west walls (including a blind corner cabinet with pull-out hardware for easy access), new sink (buh-bye old metallic monstrosity), built-in 18" dishwasher, adjustment of stove on north wall to accommodate new bases, new countertop
  7. New upper cabinets and countertop for east and south walls
  8. Knotty pine removal and electrical for last portion of south wall (no cabinets here)

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