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Episode 2: Kitchen Chaos

by - Sunday, April 06, 2008

Chaos. A dust-covered, disorganized, messy chaos. In a short 48-hours, that is what my house has become.

Our gang of 4 started out early on a perfect sunny Saturday morning. HandyMan cut the water pipes and the tear out began. I suspect my brother-in-law was hiding some pent-up frustrations because he attacked the kitchen - attacked with a sledgehammer and crowbar and whatever else tool was within reach - with fervour and determination I'd never seen him display before. HandyMan and BestMan alternated between running the debris piles to the bin and hacking away at the cabinetry and plaster. And I was sweeper-upper/beer-fetcher/nail-popper-outer.

Lucky for us (okay - lucky for me!), no creepy-crawlies were unearthed. We did find a long-abandoned mouse-house beneath the kitchen sink though. Shredded newspaper, peanut shells, and chicken bones had helped make a happy haven for little Mickey. Some knob and tube wiring was the only other surprise. Everything else went just as expected. And in eight hours, the dust had settled, and we reached our goal...cabinets out, plaster down, ceiling off, and beers drank.

HandyMan and I continued on the next day, tearing up the subfloor. Three layers of linoleum and plywood later, we were able to do some investigation into the cause of the sag. Seems the floors had sagged before because we found some patched-in floorboards. HandyMan's cousin K the carpenter will come have a look next weekend and help us figure out how to fix it. Early thoughts are 5/8" plywood and some self-levelling cement may do the trick.

So this is where we're at. This shell will start to take shape as HandyMan and K do the framing next weekend, the electrician works his magic, and the drywaller gives me back some semblance of a room back. HandyMan and I even had a few bits of energy left to rake out all the leaves that had been hidden beneath the snow, and enjoy an impromptu picnic in the back of our new CRV. It was good to get out of the house, away from the dust, even for a while. Welcome Spring. Your timing is perfect.

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  1. It is my understanding that beer-fetcher is the most important job on-site. And congrats on the ex-mouse house. Better than a current one!

  2. I too am usually relegated to the supporting roles on our never-ending job site, but I like to believe my efforts are crucial for keeping everyone fed and hydrated, tools and building supplies at hand, and tempers low. Best of luck. You can always dash in to your lovely office for a restorative.
    Any chance you'll install as RSS feed widget on your blog? I'd like to subscribe to you in a reader.

  3. Anonymous3:31 PM

    this is so exciting! I can't wait til we can get started on our kitchen as well!

    Good luck and may the reno gods smile down on you! haha

  4. Jeez - I remember when we ripped our kitchen out a couple summers ago. My uncle's a contractor and his crew did the work and it was the strangest thing to see the room that is so central to our household an empty shell. I do love the outcome though... Can't wait to see how yours will turn out. :)

  5. The room is a shell right now, but I am comforted to know that this is the worst its going to get :)

    You're right s&n -- I have been dashing up to the cheery office just to get away from the dust!

  6. I'll have to figure out how to add a feed widget s&n. Wish me luck, lol.

  7. I gutted my kitchen in January. I'm betting you'll beat me to the finish. Can't wait to check it out!

  8. Your kitchen reno looks awesome so far smilingjudy! I'll be watching with interest.


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