Monday, July 13, 2009
The dream of a new kitchen
A craftsman-style kitchen, vintage in design, modern in function. The demo has started, and stopped. The majority of the room has been torn asunder, and we're left with a simple corner of our previously intact, albeit horribly dated, kitchen. Our contractor was kind enough to leave us the stove, some counter top, sink and dishwasher for the time being. In the meantime, the plumbers, electricians, and flooring experts come and go, and try to estimate what the damages will be. Somehow they keep rising.
One large issue is our desire to add a master bath on the second floor at a (far) future date. Apparently the smartest thing to do is to design the new plumbing in the kitchen in such a way that it can accommodate this plan later. This apparently will save us money. In the future. Now it will cost us more money.
To gain an extra 3' x 3' of space for cabinets, we are tearing out 3+ stories of brick furnace chimney, from basement to roof. Even before that can happen, the current gas water heater must be vented elsewhere, or an electric one installed. Much to our dismay, our budget simply won't allow for the tankless heater we truly want.
Decisions, decisions. In the meantime, the kitchen waits. Gutted.