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The unfortunate, unofficial, start of our remodel

Ancient refrigerator died last week. It was making some sad, rumbling noises the weekend prior which I tried to ignore. Since we started working on our remodel plans in May, I was really hoping that our appliances could hold on long enough just ’til we started busting things out. But, alas, that sad, circa 1980s, tiny top/bottom fridge-freezer gave out.  The only fortunate thing was that we’d selected all of our new appliances already, so I was on the phone ordering the new one that same day, for delivery 2 days later!  Too bad we had to throw out dozens of perfectly good condiments, not to mention three nearly full jars of pickles. God only knows why we had that many pickle jars in the first place.

So the inconvenience of living through a remodel has already begun in earnest, as the new refrigerator, a Jenn-Air french door model, is too large for the existing space, so its currently hooked up in our basement. You really have to want a drink now before you motivate to get off the couch and make the tromp downstairs (yes, I am that lazy). Plus, this fridge is way too good-looking to stay in the basement, so I hope the builders and architects can speed things along here.

On that note, thankfully, there is some progress and the architects just sent out the project information for bid. See below some more of the documents they put together in order to inform the potential builders.

Updated and more detailed elevations showing kitchen (top 2 rows of images) and family room, eat-in area, and mudroom (bottom 2 rows).

After our last meeting we decided on:

  • honed Calcutta marble for the island, honed solid gray granite for the surrounding counter tops
  • simple, oversized white ceramic subway tile for backsplash
  • either washed/limed oak cabinets or white-painted cabinets in a simple, modernized shaker style
  • absolute black granite for fireplace surround
  • slate tile for mudroom/entry, and dark stained varied width oak floors for kitchen, informal dining, and family room. I see more rug purchases in my future, which is always a challenge to find one the right size and with a color palette and design you love.

Of course, these are a starting point, we still have time to refine after we see bids and select our builder. Barring budgetary constraints, I feel pretty good about the choices though. Timing is to have bids back to our architects at Albertsson & Hansen by August 8.  I must admit I’m more than a little disappointed that its taken us this long to get to this point. I really would have hoped to begin construction in August, and it looks like chances of that are about as good as they were that all of our old appliances would last until we started demo. But, I know nothing about this process and am trying not to be too pushy. I just hope we aren’t still under construction come the holidays – what a nightmare!


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This entry was posted on July 23, 2011 by in home and tagged , , , .
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