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kitchen remodel #29

Pictures from day twelve. Some of the electrical is now live and the new windows in the two smaller bedrooms have been replaced and wrapped. The second layer of firtex between the kitchen and dining room is also installed.

View from the stairs up to the loft.

View toward the stairs up to the loft.

Firtex soundboard installed behind the range wall.

Last window exterior wrapped.

kitchen remodel #28

A few pictures from day eleven. More electrical rough-in and the exteriors of the new windows are being wrapped and the new loft window is installed.

View from the stairs to the loft.

View toward the stairs to the loft.

The new main kitchen window has been wrapped.

The new sliding door has been wrapped.

The new second kitchen window has been wrapped.

The new loft window has been wrapped.

kitchen remodel #27

Pictures from day ten of the remodel. More electrical. Most of the low voltage lines are in now.

View from the stairs to the loft.

View to the stairs to the loft.

More electrical going in near the second window.

More electrical going in near the main window.

More electrical going in near the range.

kitchen remodel #26

A few pictures from day nine of the remodel.

View from the stairs. Some additional framing and blocking around the second window to make up for the missing would from the vent stack relocation.

View to the stairs.

Electrical and some extra blocking near the second window. The board on the floor covers the heater vent that will be in the kick plate near the second sink.

Electrical and some extra blocking near the main window.

kitchen remodel #25

A few photos from the eighth day of the remodel. Plumbing rough-in is completed and electrical rough-in has started.

View from the stairs to the loft. The electrician had the plumber lower the vent stack so the outlets would fit under the window as planned. After this I made sure to review work plans on a daily basis instead of once every few days.

View to the stairs to the loft. The old track lighting is finally gone.

Electrical installed to the left of the second window.

Electrical installed to the right of the second window.

kitchen remodel #24

A few pictures from the seventh day of the remodel. The first layer of the firtex between the kitchen and the dining room is in and the plumbing rough-in has started.

The view across to the stairs.

Main sink drain & vent.

Second sink drain & vent.

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kitchen remodel #23

A few pictures from the sixth day of the remodel. Except for getting the ceiling ready for the skylight, there is nothing much changed this day.

The view across from the stairs.

Starting the opening for the second skylight.

The view across to the stairs.

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kitchen remodel #22

A few more pictures from the fifth day of the remodel. Blocking and framing added to the walls for hanging racks and cabinets. Sub-floor added to the refrigerator/freezer nook.

The view across from the stairs.

The view of the second window.

The view into the refrigerator/freezer box.

The view across to the stairs.

kitchen remodel #21

A couple pictures from the fourth day of the remodel. Some general clean up and the last of the old insulation has been removed.

The view across from the stairs.

The view across to the stairs.

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kitchen remodel #20

A few pictures from the third day of the remodel. The new Marvin projecting picture windows and slding door are installed.

Another picture across the kitchen from the stairs.

Another picture across the kitchen to the stairs.

The main window looking out at the cedar tree.

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kitchen remodel #19

Here are a few photos from the second day of the remodel.

Dining room subfloor is removed and the room is wrapped to protect the parts that will not be included in the remodel.

Entry way floor is removed and the shelves are wrapped to protect them and their contents.

View across the kitchen from the stairs to the loft. Subfloor removed and walls opened up for plumbing and electrical work.

kitchen remodel #18

As with our bathroom and utility room renovation projects, we used The Rebuilding Center for the demolition. It costs a little bit more but they are able to re-use more pieces and recycle what they are not able to re-use.

Here are a few photos after the first day of demolition.

This was where the old peninsula with the gas range were.

This is a view across the room from the stairs to the loft. I will try to include this view in a photo after each day of construction.

kitchen remodel #17

We are getting down to the wire now! We spent the last few days emptying out everything out of the kitchen for the demo that will be starting on Monday.

We are now running on kitchen life support systems. :-)

I have 60 meals for two made up and in the freezer (mostly soups, stews, & casseroles). Those along with salads and fresh vegetables from our C.S.A. shares will make up most of our meals for the next two months.

kitchen remodel #16

Still moving forward on this remodeling project. We got the pantry/laundry/utility room mostly done. I still need to build and install the two drawer cabinet that will go under the refridgerator/freezer area and then we will select and install the laundry/pantry cabinets after the full kitchen remodel has been completed.

For now we just put back in the old shelving units that we had and we will be using this space as our temporary kitchen during the remodel.

Here is a little pictorial history of this room getting remodeled.

Breaking out the old tile. I had to take care not to damage the ugly linoleum since the back side contained asbestose.

kitchen remodel #15

Not exactly in the kitchen, but part of the infrastructure needed by the kitchen, plus a bit extra work.

We had the HVAC contractors back the last couple of days putting in the new externally mounted hood exhaust fan and the make-up air system. The extra work was having them replace the three bathroom fans with a single heat recovery ventilator, and while we had the electrician in the attic, put in a couple of attic lights and an outlet.

We went with a Fantech RE-10XLT, 10" roof mounted, exhaust fan with a RSK-10 backdraft damper and a LD-10 silencer for the range hood exhaust system. This will give us up to 700 CFM exhaust from the kitchen.

We finally got into a CSA!

It took almost two years to get through the waiting list. We could have gotten into one sooner if we were willing to do an extra 30 minutes of driving, but we wanted to support local farmers AND reduce our carbon foot-print a bit.

We are trying out Sun Gold Farm because they deliver to the Intel and Nike campuses once a week.

I can make a few things for Mary Ellen with the summer squash, zuchinni, and cucumbers; but being alergic to them myself, I am sure that we will end up donating most of these to a local food bank.

kitchen remodel #14

I know, I know, it has been a while since the last kitchen remodel update. We are still going through with the remodel. We are just taking our time getting started.

During the new furnace installation we found a present that the previous owner left for us. Here is a photo of one of the support beams under the kitchen floor where I want to place my new, rather heavy, range.

If you look closely, you can see where the previous home-owner cut through the beam and then tried to hold it up with a 2x4 nailed to the side of the cut beam.

Looking at the next image you can see that the repair probably went a bit over-board in the other direction.

Ground Orange Peel

Get out your coffee grinders!
Time to save everything we can to save money. Wash your oranges (or lemons or limes) first. Then peel the orange. Try to keep the peel all in one piece. Then just lay it out on the counter or table and let it dry thoroughly.
When dry, tear the orange peel into pieces that fit into your coffee grinder. Grind the peel into powder. And shazaam! You have the strongest, tastiest, greatest orange in the world. Best part is, you didn't waste a thing from your fruit!
I make mine into (among many other things) a great orange pekoe tea.

cast iron pans

Even though I have quite a collection of All-Clad and a couple odd non-stick fry pans, I really like cooking in cast iron pans. I prefer the older pans when I can get them, they seem to have fewer hot spots and they have a smoother surface texture, but I will purchase a newer pan when it is something that I can not find or get in an old pan - like the Lodge lasagna pan.

I figure I will just start taking pictures of pans and adding them to this blog now and then, just to get some more playing time with my camera.


I finally got myself a lid for my Griswold square fry 9 1/2" pan today. This is my favourite bacon and hot sandwich pan. As you can see it is just the glass lid so I am still looking for one with the cast iron lid.

kitchen remodel #13 (updated)

And here are some computer generated images of the new kitchen space. I will start with another copy of the updated floor plan and use it to describe the views being shown.

In these images the floor is bamboo, the cabinets are natural cherry, the counter tops are slab Ubatuba granite.



1) For this first image you have just entered the kitchen from the garage and are looking to your right. The computer put in white frames around the doors and windows - we are still undecided about this detail.


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