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kitchen remodel #46

Pictures from day twenty-nine of the remodel:

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

Another view of the range wall.

The work space on the west wall.

The work space on the south wall.

Playing with slate patterns in the main entry.

kitchen remodel #45

Pictures from day twenty-eight of the remodel:

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

Even more stuff removed from the dining room.

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kitchen remodel #44

Pictures from the twenty-seventh day of the remodel:

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

Even more stuff cleaned out of the dining room.

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I need some apple soda.

Not a really good juice soda like Martinelli's or Hot Lips. I am in the mood for something like Welch's apple soda or Apple Knocker. Both of which have vanished many years ago. This is probably one of those nostalgic cravings that I am not going to get to satisfy.

kitchen remodel #43

Pictures from the twenty-sixth day of the remodel.

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

Lower cabinets near the second sink are installed.

Lower cabinets near the main sink and range are installed.

More things have been removed from the dining room.

kitchen remodel #42

Pictures from day twenty-five of the remodel.

A few more cabinets installed - including our linen cabinet that makes use of a dead corner from the dining room.

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

The linen cabinet opening from the dining room side.

The linen cabinet from the kitchen side.

kitchen remodel #41

Pictures from day twenty-four of the remodel.

The main sink wall and peninsula cabinets are now installed.

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

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kitchen remodel #40

Pictures from the twenty-third day of the remodel.

View across the kitchen from the bottom of the stairs to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

First four cabinet pieces near the main sink are installed.

Closer look at the cut-outs made for the plumbing and electrical.

Even more stuff piled into the dining room.

kitchen remodel #39

Pictures from the twenty-second day of the remodel. The cabinets have been moved around.

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

Even more things stuffed into the dining room.

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kitchen remodel #38

Picture from the twenty-first day of the remodel.

Cabinet installers did not show up today so there is no change in the kitchen pictures. (No I am not going to install them myself. I have a unique lack of skill when working with wood - almost failed wood shop in junior high. :-)

An enclosure for the external on-demand water heater was being worked on today. Unfortunately the worker used galvanized screws instead of my stainless steel screws so it will have to get taken apart and re-built.

kitchen remodel #37

Pictures from the twentieth day of the remodel.

The cabinets are here! They are just sitting on the floor but they are here. Tomorrow the real fun begins.

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

View into the dining room from the foyer.

kitchen remodel #36

Pictures from the nineteenth day of the remodel.

Walls and ceiling are primed and painted. We are really tired now. Cabinets arrive tomorrow.

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen towards the stairs up to the loft.

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kitchen remodel #35

Pictures from the eighteenth day of the remodel. Texture was completed and the walls have been primed.

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

Ceiling textured and needs to be primed.

Dining room light trims are in.

Dining room art light trim is in.

Hallway ceiling textured and light trims are in.

New BBQ grill

Our little tabletop propane grill finally rusted out too bad to continue using, so we broke down and bought a larger upright model. I'm not a big fan of those oversized status-symbol grills that suck down the propane. I just need something that can cook up enough food for a small party, but isn't too big for one person to heat up a burger.

We went with a 3-burner grill, with a side burner, from Sears. It met my primary requirements of having a cast iron grate for good searing, and having a side burner. Stainless would have been nice, but it will be kept under cover, so rust shouldn't be an issue. It was on sale, which brought it under the $200 price we were willing to pay.

No fancy test food tonight though. Just a country sausage burger for me, and a turkey burger for Laurie.

kitchen remodel #34

Pictures from day seventeen of the remodel. Just watching the mud dry.

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

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kitchen remodel #33

Pictures from day sixteen of the remodel. Mostly tape, mud, and light fixtures today.

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen to the stairs up to the loft.

Refrigerator/freezer nook.

Dining and art lights in dining room.

Another art light in the dining room.

Overhead light in the living room.

First fresh salsa of the year

With the cool wet summer we've been having here in the Pacific Northwest, it took till late August to start getting ripe tomatoes that we would usually get in late June. When we finally got enough picked in one day to make my fresh summer salsa, I whipped it up with one little twist. I decided to try it with the fleur de sel salt that I generally keep on the table for adding to soups right before eating.

To quote Laurie when she took her first bite "Oh MY God! This is the perfect salsa!"

It seems that the extra minerals in the expensive sea salt really added the same extra bit of flavor to the salsa that it adds to soups. I agree with her, it made that salsa absolutely perfect!

kitchen remodel #32

Some pictures from day fifteen of the remodel. Sheetrock installed.

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

Refrigerator and freezer nook.

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kitchen remodel #31

Pictures from day fourteen of the remodel. WIndow frames are insulated. Chase built for hood exhaust. Some general clean up.

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen toward the stairs up to the loft.

Small chase for hood exhaust.

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kitchen remodel #30

Pictures from day thirteen. Gas line is in. Electrical, plumbing, and gas rough-in inspespections are done. Insulation and vapor barrier are installed.

View across the kitchen from the stairs up to the loft.

View across the kitchen to the stairs up to the loft.

Insulation between the refrigerator/freezer nook and the furnace.

Additional lights in the dining room ceiling.

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