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Demo: walls gone!

June 14, 2010

Chers Amis,

See this kitche n? It is no more!  DH and I started the demo last week by pulling out the cabinets and the contractor continued the trend by taking out the wall behind them. For perspective, the stove has not moved 🙂

Taking down the upper cabinets was a bear as they were one solid unit constructed on site and the builder used square head screws (about 30) that he counter sunk. ARgh! We started right after dinner and didn’t finish until almost 10:30.  Since the girl’s room is directly above the kitchen no one was sleeping and everyone had to come down when they heard the final enormous “CRASH!”.

One tool that I LOVED and very much appreciated during this demo was the nifty hydraulic lift cart dh bought last week to help us with the heavy lifting. It is like having a cart size jack that allows you to lift and lower heavy objects like new stoves from the truck bed or solid wood cabinets. Oh, I wish we would have had it when we were struggling to lift the rented tamper back into the truck. It would have been SO much easier than the plywood inclined plane!  We figure that we aren’t getting any younger so it makes sense to have a cart designed to help lift.  It would have been impossible for the two of us to carry those cabinets.  Instead dh rolled them down the hill and into the basement where they are awaiting rehabilitation. 🙂

Day two, the contractor returned and opened  the doorway from the kitchen to the dining room. This was a load bearing wall so he had to build a temporary wall to support the upstairs while he removed the old wall and installed a new header beam. Now the space is so much more open and inviting.  Don’t worry, we have great plans to PAINT that horrible salmon, remove window dressings, add architectural trim, hardwood, etc.  Right now I am very much enjoying the new sense of space. Yesterday dh  and his brother removed all the upper cabinets on the sink side.  The next step will be for the electrician to work his magic and put in all the new recessed lighting.  I hope that the drywall, lighting, plumbing, and new ceiling will be in by the end of this week or next.  Then I have to get super busy and paint everything! Of course I don’t have a clue on color  as we haven’t found our counter tops yet, but every day is a new step and an exciting one.

–Marjorie

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Priya permalink
    June 15, 2010 7:51 am

    All I can say is WOW! It is going to be absolutely amazing. I am so happy for you for the way your “new” house is progressing! 🙂

  2. June 15, 2010 10:41 am

    Oh ditto what Pryia said!!! I love watching all the changes. Who did you end up using to help with the kitchen?

  3. June 16, 2010 1:20 am

    Resources like the one you mentioned here will be very useful to me!
    This is what makes the web so great. We can find so much info on things we like. 🙂

    Regards,
    Sy “Kitchen Improvement“Reza

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