Kitchen update

So, here’s what’s happened so far:

-The kitchen cabinets and countertops have been removed intact.  Yes, we desperately wanted to take a sledgehammer to them, but they’re going to a new home, and will get a nice new look to them.  🙂  We unintentionally are going green that way. 

-The subfloor in the kitchen was 5 LAYERS THICK.  There was ceramic tile, then plywood, then peel and stick laminate tiles, then plywood, then the original subfloor.  All but the bottom layer had to go.

-The carpet in the main living areas had to go as well.  Steam cleaning couldn’t get rid of the water damage from the leaky roof (that has since been fixed), so now is the best time to replace.  We’re going with a 5 inch engineered oak floor.  We ordered it last Sunday, and it arrived Friday.  It’s a little more red than we had anticipated, but that’s what you get when you order it sight unseen.  We got a good deal, and we like it. 

-Once we got the carpet up, we discovered a small amount of black mold around the fireplace.  We weren’t surprised, again, because of the previous water damage.  We picked up this stuff called Concrobium Mold Control at Home Depot- I highly recommend it!  It cleaned the mold up, and protects the wood from mold coming back.  The best part- it was bleach, ammonia, and VOC free.  **end commercial**

What is happening as I type:

-The boys are rerouting a small pipe in order to completely remove the soffit.  A good chunk of the drywall on the soffit is gone, and the rest will be down shortly.  A recessed light over the sink will be installed, as well as the drywall.  Electrical work may or may not be done today, depending on how long drywalling the soffit takes.

What needs to be done before the cabinets come in:

-All drywall repair
-All electrical
-Flooring installed

Since our anticipated 6 week wait for the cabinets was bumped up to 3, we’ve put everything that can wait to the backburner.  There have been a few minor snags, but overall things are going rather smoothly.  No one is too stressed, which is definitely a good thing.

For those of you who are on Flickr, I’ve updated my page with a ton of pictures.  Yes, I’m too lazy to post them here.  Not my friend on Flickr?  Just ask, and I’ll add you (unless I have no clue who the hell you are).