A lot can happen in a month. Since I last posted about this renovation project we’ve been on two vacations, I’ve run the New York Marathon, been to Disneyland, run another half marathon, and completely gutted the main floor of the house.
We’ve also started the rebuilding process.
Well… Leon has done most of the technical work. Karin and I have continued the painting effort and I’ve installed about two-thirds of the (now fully installed) flooring.
The plumbing is moved.
The electrical has a few more tweaks before it’s complete.
The wall-side cabinetry is basically done.
The island cabinetry is imminent.
The fixtures (sink, faucet, fume hood, etc) are sitting in boxes in our house.
The cupboard doors are being built as I write this.
The counter-tops are in queue.
And my brain, body and soul are so damn tired I can’t even begin to impress upon you the depth of my fatigue without resorting to cartoonish cliche.
We spent most of the weekend installing floor. I clocked a good 16 hours measuring, cutting, snapping, tapping, and otherwise nudging into place little strips of laminate board. We bought a high end, vinyl laminate product with a built-in cork underlay. It’s beautiful installed. And my only complaint would be that I wish the pieces were about twice the size… but only to have made installation a bit faster. Now that it’s in… who cares.
With the floor in we not only reclaimed our dining room as open space (it was being used to store the boxes of laminate for the last three months) but were able to move our table in there and actually start the process of returning back to normal. Sure, there is no sink in our kitchen, and the stove is only connected in the sense that I’d need a wrench to move it, but considering the peak chaos state we’d reached about a week ago, I can feel the migration back towards day-to-day life progressing.
Some photos of various states of progress over the last week (or hours)…