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April 26, 2015

Kitchen Cabinets

This week, the kitchen cabinets were installed.   

After much experimentation, worry, anticipation, and a few setbacks, these cabinets have lived up to our hopes.  We are very, very pleased with the beautiful workmanship and finish.

Lots of pictures below.

April 23, 2015

Another Setback

Just discovered this today when I went to install the hardware:  all of our exterior doors have been drilled incorrectly.

April 22, 2015

Sinking into a Hole (reverse that)

This is the Duravit washbasin we chose for our downstairs bathroom.
We wanted the one that comes with a hole in it for the faucet.

Well, not so simple.

Kitchen Beginnings

Look what's taking shape this week...

April 20, 2015

Project Update

Big trim boards in this opening, with reveal.  Took a bit of fussing, and adding drywall edging to make the shadowline reveal.  Messy business, but I'm getting better at it.  Still needs painting.
This past week or so was rather un-photogenic, but decent progress was made.
Mostly working alone at the house this week, but this coming week promises big things.

This past week involved:
- Lots of base trim: about 1/2 done, including up the stairway.  Some base trim is on hold until carpet installation in bedrooms.
- Lots of door trim: about 2/3 done.
- Drywall reveal trim installation around two openings.
- Misc. painting
- Mirrors measured and ordered.
- Glass shower door measured and ordered.
- Countertops ordered (they measure and template later)
- Flooring underlayment cut and put down in Laundry Closet, for future sheet linoleum.
- Plumber dropped off the sinks.
- Cabinet guy put down toe-kicks in the kitchen.
- Taxes prepared & filed

The coming week promises:
- Installation of the long-awaited Kitchen Cabinets  (Yay!)
- Installation of most plumbing fixtures that don't involve countertops: toilets, shower trim, tub trim, hose bibs, utility sink (Yay!)

Stay tuned - a lot of changes in the next few days.

Base trim in the Hallway
Base Trim up the stairs.  The finished wood stair treads and risers will butt into this.
Wood sink wall, now with steel shelf on top.  Sink has arrived, awaiting installation.
Door trim examples - a swing door (left) and pocket door (right).  Pocket door still needs a bit of touch up sanding and paint.
Kitchen cabinet bases are down.  Cabinets pending!

April 10, 2015


The wood slats that form the Dining Room wall/stair guardrail are in. 

We've been looking forward to this day; it adds much warmth and detail to the room.  See more pics below.

April 08, 2015

Painting Trim

I am pre-painting all the base trim and casings prior to installation. 

They'll still get touched up once installed, but that is much easier than crawling around painting all the coats of paint on the trim once in place.

April 06, 2015

Interior Doors

I started hanging interior doors and frames today, after pre-painting them at the end of last week.

Very satisfying to put the handles on.

More of the same tomorrow, then the casing trim gets pre-painted and installed.


As of last week, we have our lights in.

So great to be done with portable worklights and long extension cords.

April 03, 2015

M.Bath Radiator

Throw a towel over this, and step into the shower.