What follows here are just my thoughts and words. No fact checking, no spell checking, no promises of great insight or good grammar. Just me dumping the words in my head to words on the screen. Bear with me... sometimes it's a bumpy ride.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

And the Results of the Kitchen ....

... will be coming to you right after this commercial break.

Sorry folks, we are not 100% done yet.  What is done is fabulous!  We are so happy.  But I want to wait for the whole enchilada before sharing pics of the Final Reveal.   Consider this Tantric Remodeling.

Meanwhile, we do have  sneak peek at a couple of way cool features.

We now have a couple of great, deep drawers.  So my plates & bowls are now knee level, so easy to get to!

Because cabinet space is now at a premium (remember, we lost an entire wall), I had to do some avant garde thinking.  This came to me at 3:00 in the morning after struggling with how best to address spices.  So here is my not yet entirely anal retentive spice drawer solution.
Picture is upside down, the spices are not.
I'm thinking of alphabetizing them.  That will be full blown OCD / Anal Retentive.

And the super cool "blind corner pullout".

Open the cabinet door & you can see 1/2 of the shelf unit.  Simply pull it out and over, then pull out 2nd shelf unit (super, easy glide hardware)  And voila!

You can easily see & reach everything that is otherwise tucked way back & away in the deep dark corner cabinet!

Finally - in the true spirit of a commercial break - here is a picture of someone's pet pot-bellied pig at the beach park.

Meanwhile stay tuned for the Series Grand Finale.  Now back to our regularly scheduled programming....

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Things You Don't Want to Hear your Contractors Say ....

Presented in no particular order (and not that we necessarily overheard our contractors say any of these things... or did we?) :

- "NO! NO! NO! NO!!  Don't cut that!!"

- "Oh, shit."

- "I stopped smoking today."

- "Every time we measure, it's 1" short...."

- "I can't find the stud."

- "Damn, I just missed the stud."

- "Is that an extra cabinet we have left over?"

- "We're just lucky that didn't start a fire."

and my very most favorite one of all....

 - "The next time you do new cabinets..."

HA HA HA HA HA ha ha ha ha haaaa .....

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Hip Bone's Connected to the... Thigh Bone....

And on it goes, step by step....  measure, site down, remeasure, shim, measure again, laser level, level to recheck, measure, cut, nail, place, measure....

And then there's the electric work...

Living in chaos is such fun.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dexter would be proud...

mwah ha ha ha haaa...

Where did the kitchen go?

Well, it's pretty much spread all around the house right now.  There's a little in the bathroom (the closest alternate water source).  There's quite a lot in my office/the guest room ...

There's a stash of several boxes of fragile dish & glassware carefully stacked behind the couch in the living room.  The new appliances are biding their time out on the lanai.  And there's a makeshift "cooking" station in the dining room.

It's a bit like staying in a hotel - with an ill-placed microwave, no utensils, and a coffee maker that you have to fill from the bathroom sink.

So does that mean we're actually on vacation ?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Now you see it...

.... Now you don't!!

After just 8 man-hours, we no longer have a kitchen.

Phase one in the long awaited kitchen renovation is DONE!  We now eat off paper plates, rinse our cups in the bathtub and are reduced to eating only that which can be microwaved.

Cabinets are being delivered in 3 days.  Meanwhile, plumbing and electrics get reconnoitered and plans finalized.

Staaaaay tuned!