Wednesday, September 18, 2013

9/18/2013 More of the same

9/18/2013

Good progress on the kitchen, although the process is way scarier than I anticipated.  Our designer has everything measured down to the 1/16th of an inch of how it should all fit together.  However, we are finding that new house construction is rarely true, square, and accurate compared to the blueprints.  This has caused us to work very hard and be a little creative with making everything fit like it's supposed to.  For instance, if we had not purchased commercial leveling hardware to attach to the cabinet bases, I cannot imagine how we would have made everything work.  From the far left side to the far right side of the cabinet run, the floor varies as much as an inch and a quarter from true level!  Remember my comments earlier about self leveling laser levels and purchasing quality equipment?  Well there is no better example than this installation as to what good equipment can do to make a job turn out better.  The most difficult portion of the install is yet to come.  This weekend we are going to start on the wall cabinets on the north wall.  Those cabinets vary in height and depth, so a single ledger board like we used on the west wall will not work.  That plus we have to mount the microwave/vent hood at the same time.  Usually all wall cabinets would have been completed before the bases went in, but we are trying to get the counter top specialist in to measure everything up ASAP so we can get the sink installed when the plumbers come.  It will all work out in the end, but just adds to the complexity now.

This wall will have cabinets from the left corner all the way up to two feet higher than the tall pantry showing on the right.  Besides increasing in height, they will also increase in depth for a three dimensional appearance.
 

Here's a little better picture of the kitchen as a whole.  We will also have to construct the island, which will be located directly below the lighted pot rack showing in the upper center of the picture.  We still have to add the upper crown moulding and lower light trim railings, but that is a low priority for the time being.

 
We also got around to installing the vanity top for the master bath last weekend.  There will be one large mirror on the wall, but not until the plumber gets done messing around in here.  We still have to do the wall tile around the tub, but that can wait until after we are in the house.