April 24, 2011
I’ve had my new kitchen for a week now and I love it. But, I’m also kind of afraid of it. I’m afraid of using it to spoil all it’s newness. Here are my top moments from the week.
* Dishwashers are magic. You can turn it on before you go to bed and when you wake up you magically have clean dishes.
* Sometimes I just stand and look at it. It’s beautiful. I’ve patted myself on the back quite a few times. I did a really good job of picking everything out.
* A new microwave is powerful. Things cook in just about the time the package says, no need to add time to make up for a 20-year-old microwave.
* Finally used the smooth cook top today after a whole week because I wasn’t quite sure how to use it and it took me that long to unpack the pots and pans. It worked great.
* I will likely need all sorts of new kitchen accoutrements to fit in the space and maximize use of it.
* Georgia is a little afraid of the kitchen too. The oven is still burning off that new smell. The timers all beep differently, they don’t let you forget the time has ended. The ice maker makes all sorts of odd sounds. I’m hoping all these things will prevent her from trying to get into the fridge or the garbage.
* I realized I have a German Shepherd themed kitchen. It’s all black and tan and cream.
German Shepherd Theme Kitchen
April 17, 2011
This is what it looked like right after the contractors left. I still have a few things to do and a more comprehensive set of pictures will be forthcoming once it’s actually completely done. But I didn’t want to keep you in suspense…
April 10, 2011
This is what happened during week 2.
Contractors still need to come back with the fabricated counter top, install the sink and under cabinet lights.
April 5, 2011
I have acquired a new kitchen appliance. I’m sure every modern kitchen will have one soon.
April 3, 2011
Here’s what happened this week in my kitchen.
March 29, 2011
When your kitchen looks like this:
Kitchen completely gutted
You make do as you can.
Eating in the office
Gotta have coffee
March 25, 2011
One thing that I’ve learned from this kitchen experience is that the contractor price is not something absolute. I’m talking about the contractor allowance When they write-up a contract and give you a total dollar amount that your kitchen will cost, they do a bit of estimating. That makes sense, because you don’t always know how much something is going to cost if you haven’t already priced it out. Now in some things they were spot on and the allowance covered the items I chose, like for the sink and toilet in the powder room.
The one area where things didn’t quite make as much sense was in the tile for the floor and back splash wall. They measured everything and added the appropriate square footage to the contract and then gave me a $5.00 allowance.
That’s well and good, but I found out that my taste outdistanced the cost. I ended up choosing a floor tile that was $5.99 a square foot and I really wanted the back splash wall tile that was $11.99 a square foot. But, I reined myself in and went for the wall tile that was $4.70 a square foot. I’m sure it will look wonderful, but that was an agonizing decision. So, you could say, I stuck pretty close to the cost they allowed me.
But, oh no, not so fast.
The allowance cost does not take into account that you also have to buy grout and sealer and they usually make you buy full boxes of tiles. So, even though I only have 286 square feet of floor, I had to buy 290 square feet of tile.
Well, actually, the allowance would take that into account if I’d known or thought to ask if that was for the actual tile or if it had to pay for anything else.
So, when looking at those contractor allowances, remember to think about or really ask about all the extra things that allowance has to cover.