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Kitchen 2005

After years of planning, the sale of the house for which the plans were made, and the move to a new house, our kitchen is finally getting the look that we want. This is my kitchen blog.

Monday, August 29, 2005 — Wall cabinets up

My father and brother hung the wall cabinets on Monday. Well, they tried on Sunday, but the cabinets didn't fit. It seems that I didn't consider that the floor was somewhat sloped when I designed my floor-to-ceiling cabinets. The back corner of the pantry was too high and the top tier of cabinets didn't fit. After six hours, we gave up and decided to re-group on Monday.

We decided to cut the right rear leg of the pantry to lower it about half an inch. After that, everything fit and went in quickly. All four hanging rails and nine wall cabinets went up in under three hours. Here's a preview of what we'll have.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 — The floor goes in

Well, the wood that we selected for the floor is not coming for another month or more. We've selected a new wood: New Hampshire Hickory. My brother, father, and I installed it on Saturday and then went to my parent's 50th anniversary party.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 — Making the kitchen usable

The kitchen won't be done for several more weeks because we need to install the base cabinets and get the countertops fabricated. To get that started, today we set up some of the base cabinets on the long run, installed the old stainless steel sink, and connected the dishwasher. (The dishwasher door will be installed soon!) We'll finish installing the last two base cabinets of this run on Saturday.

The cabinets in the cooking area are just set in place; they aren't yet attached to each other. However, the gas cooktop is live and I am making Pana Cotta to celebrate. Saturday, my brother and I will finish the base cabinets and then I'm flying to Germany for the Frankfurt Auto Show and to Venice for a quickie vacation.

Sunday, October 2, 2005 — Getting things in place

The base cabinets are in and secured, the upper cabinets are adjusted and we're waiting for the countertop people to come template us so that the plywood can be replaced by Zodiaq. This shot is from the dining room.

Here's the view from the living room.

The oven, which I'm in love with even though I haven't used it yet, is finally in. What's clear now is that we need a new microwave, since the old one is ugly in this setting.