I switched to verizon because the service around here is so much better, plus I got this smartphone really cheap!
I cleaned the basement debris some time ago, but there was still 2" of dirt on the floor that needed to be cleaned. I did the small washer and dryer area before, but Marc took the rest of the basement to task this weekend. This involved shoveling and sweeping, then going over the area with the shop vac (excellent Christmas present from my parents - and I recommend getting the heavy duty filter instead of the cloth one that comes with it .)
Check out those old pokers from the old furnace.
(This is what happens when I let Marc "do" my hair.)
And the After pics:
All glammed up for the Sequins and Feather Bday Party.
And now I'm too excited and giddy to study.
Now that the W/D are safe and working, we have moved onto the kitchen. First with a major design overhaul.
The old design was feeling cramped and boring, so we've overhauled it to open the kitchen up to the dining room and simplified it to use mostly standard Ikea cabinets.
You can see the bar area moved into the dining room. This will require some work with new headers over the new openings, but we will get help in that area. (We don't need the sewing room crashing to the first floor!) The range moves to the outside wall next to the bench (that conceals a heater). The fridge can now be a standard size (instead of a special narrow one) and the sink counter gets deeper: good for parties!
So, if you aren't used to looking at architectural drawings, the interior elevations are numbered and keyed to the plan. The arrow on the plan points to the direction the elevation is looking. so for example, see how #2's arrow is pointing from the dining room looking into the kitchen? This is that elevation:
Here is a cut thru the dining room and the kitchen. It shows the bench and the bar area well.
So we are still going with the Ikea "high-gloss" white cabinets. I love them!
This is sort of the style.
I'm really pumped because we were able to find great WHITE appliances. (I'm sort of "over" stainless) Plus, they will look great with the white cabinets AND Marc checked them all out on consumer reports.
A JennAir fridge with NO indoor water/ice on purpose.
A JennAir stove w/ true convection.
The cool range hood. (Our floating shelves will be like that too.)
Kohler sink. This also shows the look of our dark countertops. We want to do Richlite or Paperstone which is recycled paper. Very durable and stain resistant.
Marc did a load of wash, only to discover the dryer wasn't working. (So now we have a non-functional dented and scratched dryer. Great!) GE sent out a repair guy 4 days later. Blown thermo-controlpanel-fuse-thinga-majig. Nice. Will order part and fix it next week. Um. NO! This thing is brand new. Marc called home depot, and they had one in stock that we could swap with. Awesome. So at 7:30pm we haul the old one to home depot, do the swap, come home, hook it up and do a load of wash before driving 3 hours to Greensboro to catch a flight. Nice. Nothing like being hectic.
But honestly, does anything go smoothly around here?? We weren't even phased.
Gotta go, have a load of laundry to fold!
Sorry, I've been MIA. I received the news that my grandmother passed away suddenly on Sunday. She was a truly amazing woman. She recently graduated from college and was a substitute teacher, at 80 years old! She had drive, spunk, and a terrific laugh. We will miss her terribly.
Thanks to everyone for your kind words. See you next week.
Here is the before & afters: