After I finished the garage roof I had another project to start; the kitchen remodel. I've learned to be suspicious when a task looks simple. The task was to remove the old cabinets and drop the ceiling to 93 inches and lay down a new floor.
We have been living without a kitchen for well over six-weeks now because it got complicated. Taking out the old ceiling I found buried electrical junction boxes that couldn't be covered up and all the wiring was 14-2, so I ripped out the walls to replace all the wiring with 12-2 and added more receptacles and some for the under-counter lighting. The problem with taking out the walls was I found two layers of sheetrock covering shiplap.
Like the garage roof joists, the wall joists were varied in spacing from 12 inches to 26 inches apart so the room needed to be reframed. The former sink had feed pipes and drain running through the floor so that needed to be rerouted through the walls.
During the reconstruction we used a folding table as our food prep area with a microwave and a toaster oven on it. I put the sink from the laundry room in the kitchen so we’d have a sink. I must say that I really missed having a dish washer.
Finally after several weeks of a big mess in progress it got even messier with the dry wall and mud and sanding, but I finally finished painting and laying the new floor on Sunday. The cabinets were installed on Monday and Tuesday. I was able to install the dish washer a few hours after the installation was done. Tonight I will install the water line to the ice maker in the fridge. After that I will install the under-counter lights and the above stove microwave and then the new light fixtures.
The counter will be installed on the 31st and then I’ll move onto the next project.
It’s a good feeling knowing that civilization is returning to the house, one day and one piece at a time. By the way, the photo above is what our recycled glass counter top will look like.