|Yeah! No more workmen in my house!|
But, of course, once you start planning to remodel one thing, more and more things just seem logical to add to the list! Soon, my simple kitchen cabinet/counter remodel now included new appliances, new washer/dryer, a remodeled 1/2 bathroom, a new patio door, as well as new flooring and paint throughout the entire 1st floor!
In July, when a freak storm rolled through Chicago and blew down some tree limbs and fence panels, I added some outdoor "remodeling" to the list to repair the storm damage and install some new sod in a number of bare spots in the backyard.
The first month was spent pretty much just shopping and deciding all the colors and details. By the end of July, I placed my cabinet order with Lowe's and took off for a vacation to Wisconsin and Michigan.
When I arrived back home in late August, the remodel went into high gear with Lowe's "Express" kitchen install. Chicago is a test market for their new approach-- cabinets are shipped to a warehouse (rather than the client's house), inspected for any defects/missing parts, and then assembled onto wall mock-ups resembling the customer's kitchen. Once everything fits together just right, the cabinets are partially disassembled and then delivered to the customer on the day of the old kitchen's demolition. So, rather than a traditional 2-6 week remodel, Lowe's can do it in less than 5 days. In my case, it only took 2 days!
Here was the dated 1990's "Before" Kitchen:
|New pull-out pantry shelves-- yeah!|
|Old kitchenette enjoying new floors and paint!|
|Lowe's installed the new sink and faucet, and a few weeks later, |
I installed the tile backsplash myself!
|Even a great new LG washer & dryer set |
to replace the previous 20-yr-old energy inefficient relics
Now, I suppose I should back up a little and explain some further details--
The new appliances arrived a few weeks ahead of time (before finalizing the cabinet order to ensure the new taller/deeper cabinets would fit properly around the new fridge)
When the 2 day Kitchen install was done, I had a functioning kitchen with the new cabinets, countertop, sink and faucet in place, but still had old lighting, floors, and paint (and no tile backsplash yet either). I also still needed to get the patio door replaced and get the outside projects scheduled.
So, a couple more months of coordinating all the work crews in and out for those jobs! Whew!
|New floors going in (new patio door already installed!)|
|Entire 1st floor got painted...and I got serenaded by the men singing along with their Mexican radio (they were actually fun guys, and did a great job!)|
|New powder room vanity, lights, mirror, and fixtures--|
Millie was not too thrilled with me replacing her wall-to-wall carpet with new slick wood floors, but she very much liked getting the new sod in the backyard!
Now that the 1st floor is finished, I'll be spending the winter starting to work on the 2nd floor (mainly cleaning out closets & downsizing "stuff").
Travels will be limited for the foreseeable future as I'm currently helping a family member with serious health issues, so expect future posts from me to be non-travel related for awhile. But, I'll very much enjoy (and rely on) reading your travel blogs and "armchair traveling" to lots of warm and sunny snowbird destinations this winter!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!