He and She Said:
Finally, it’s done.
The process that began almost a year ago and included a nearly three-month exile from our residence (ok, there are worse places to be exiled than the French Quarter, but it was still an exile) is at a conclusion. We moved back into our house at the beginning of July and the final pieces of our renovation were completed last week.
For reference, here are a couple of shots of our 1950′s style kitchen before the project began, originally separated from the dining room by a wall containing a fireplace that had been closed off many years ago:
The view toward the dining room, including the Chambers Stove
View from dining room to kitchen, including fireplace
A few brief notes, and then the photos of the new space. Continue reading
Consistently exceeds expectations
Great stuff if it’s on your office performance review, but not always a positive. I’ll guess the Bataan Death March consistently exceeded expectations too, if you know what I mean.
In much the same way, our kitchen renovation just keeps on exceeding. Boy does it ever.
If you read us with any regularity, you might remember us writing about this project long, long, ago. Here are links to part 1 and part 2. if you need them. You might be forgiven for thinking surely the project must be done by now. We’re probably so absorbed in our new Kitchen Stadium that we’ve not had the chance to write a wrap up piece.
A view of the money pit
I’m bleeding! Well, more accurately, we’re bleeding. Time and time again you hear stories of renovations gone mad. Ours is clearly one of those, because right at two weeks into the project it has become abundantly clear that we are going to run out of funds.
Yes, we heard the horror stories, and yes we planned in for “extra”. We’ve already blown through that “extra” at the rate of a high-speed rail through Europe and are feverishly seeking more fundage to finish the deal. When your contractor calls you five times a day, it is probably a bad sign. Each ring = lots of $$$. I actually had the thought the other day of stopping the project until we got more cash. Am I nuts? Yes, I think I may be, but I don’t think our situation is all that different from that of most people.
We grossly underestimated the amount of “hidden damage” out there. Our pure excitement and anticipation of the dream kitchen has morphed into part excitement, part anticipation, and part anxiety with a side of terror. If there is a person out there who managed to come in on-time and under-budget, I sure would like to shake their hand.
Welcome to 1950
You’ll find us in the kitchen. It is not without reason that our friends refer to us as food snobs, but I prefer to consider us “culinary enthusiasts.” Either way, excitement fills the air in our lives these days. For several years we’ve dreamed of redesigning our kitchen, the focal point of the cooking, eating, and entertaining that are so important to us