Wednesday, February 14, 2007

So, Carly, how's the remodel at the in-laws' going?

Oh, pretty well, thanks for asking. ;-)

A blank canvas! Isn't it amazing how small rooms look when they're entirely stripped? We tore out the kitchen entirely the other day because the cabinets are due to arrive next week! Now we need to put up new drywall, install the tile flooring, and paint PDQ. Now is when it gets exciting.

Most of you know that the reason we're in California right now is that we are extensively remodeling Matt's parent's kitchen, dining room, living room, and family room. I thought some of you may want to know how it's going and what we're up to. So, this is where we're at:

Matt's done basically all the structural design work AND labor. He's awesome. I stayed out of the design because I had a tough time determining their aesthetic and it was getting pretty messy trying to get my FIL to make decisions. Aye aye aye. He's a thorough thinker. All the material/ color choices were made by the in-laws.

I've been helping as much as I can with the labor, though!
Carly's bad@$$ power tool use so far:
I've gotten to use a rotozip, nailgun, screwgun, powerdrill, and table saw. Yep, I'm awesome. ;-) Today I got to remove tile with a prybar and a ten pound mallet. I am woman, hear me roar! Ten pounds gets really heavy after a few dozen swings though, haha!

Some materials we're using:


Mascarello granite counters

American cherry cabinetry, handcrafted by a local business.

Brushed stainless bow pulls (22" wide on drawers, 6" and 10" wide on doors, depending on placement)

Brushed stainless KitchenAid appliances throughout, including a dramatic hood, double dishdrawer and an undercabinet microwave drawer.

Tiberias Gold travertine tiles in kitchen and around fireplace (honed in kitchen, polished around fireplace - BIG TIP - always get a physical sample of what you're ordering. We had a honed sample and ordered polished assuming it'd be the same but shinier. Nope. Much darker and the pattern looks entirely different. Weird!)

Tiffany pendant lamps over island

Undercabinet puck lighting

Variegated natural stone backplash, 2"x2" tiles

Raised the ceiling, expanded the "boundaries" of the kitchen

Family Room/ Living Room:

Napoleon gas double sided fireplace (black) w/ remote

Mascarello granite counters

Bellawood prefinished Bloodwood in hallway, dining, and family room

Built-in LCD TV

Built in flush-mount surround sound speakers

Entirely restructured walls (pix to come)

I can't wait to post pix of the finished product!

We're right on track to be done by the end of March, so we should be back home in early April!

Other than energy star appliances, low VOC paints, and good insulation, this project is sooo ungreen... what's the opposite of green? Red? This project is red. But they are the client, and the client doesn't give even the smallest hoot about the environment. We tried! :-(

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