Friday, August 26, 2016

Kitchen Remodel:Plumbing, Holes, and Gurgles?



Hello, people, wondering where I have been?

For those new to this blog, we began a whole house remodel in February---We are in our late 60's and with help of friends and family, are slowly (methodically---LOL) reaching our final mess, the kitchen.

July 6th  We began plumbing and the cabinetry remodel. (My job is to fetch and clean up, hold flashlights, pipes, or wires, and ooh and ahh over progress.)

With tarps on floor to cover the new bits of sub-floor already installed Hubby began demolition.

We placed our first order for this run of NEW base cabinets at IKEA.

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We decided to start with the plumbing run wall. Plans for moving the dishwasher and replacing all the OLD plumbing runs in the basement (2 sump pumps, exterior pump outlets, back porch sink finally hooked up and the new kitchen layout).


First the cabinetry. Notice the mismatch we have been living with for at least 10 years.

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Our sewer outlet is very high in our basement, pretty much just before floor level, one of the reasons we moved the washer/dryer on to the first floor a few years back.

Because of all the different things getting a REDO, Hubby cut out the floor to give easier access. We have to put down new subfloor anyway, so this wasn't a big issue.  The black pipe is the air/vent stack which had several bends to it and went to where? (PS, this is a gun on the wall--for those familiar with the term---don't mention anything unless it is important later on?)

Side note: Now was the the time to add and improve the insulation and make electrical to code. This house was built in 1974--so some upgrades are needed all the way along.

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When the new cabinetry goes in--this white sewer outlet will have to be cut---exactly where not sure--so Hubby was holding off.

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Also electrical issues for the garbage disposal taken care of here also.

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Here was my attempt to still have a functioning kitchen, ha, ha, ha, ha!
And the new cabinet bases are in the garage for this wall.
Order-in, anyone?



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July 10- Sunday our grown kids came and we had a cabinet party---everyone had screw drivers/drills-picture directions, levels, and assembly went---Bing! Bang! Boom! The pieces fell into place.


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Planning out the butcher block counters. Notice the levels---Long levels are necessary to hang the  wall hardware for the cabinetry and the countertops. 

One comment I will make--IKEA cabinets are solid when installed and easy to square and level. I am no way being paid for my opinions on IKEA products.

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Long lengths of butcher block counter were installed. Now--planning the hole cut for the sink. 
We chose a drainboard sink-even on sale! 
Discussion then ensued on the original layout. It's an off-center sink and placement of faucet was an issue with the centered window and the crank handles. 


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No matter how much you plan things on paper, in the flesh/wood/metal so to speak, 
everything can look different.
More discussion on the sink, exactly which way to put the drainboard---but the dishwasher is installed, YAY!



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Meanwhile, on the porch were the gals, with the drawers. LOTS OF Drawers. It was HOT!

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Nine drawers in total. The hardware for these is heavier than anything I have seen before for drawers. 

Awesome! Drawers wereconsistently easy to put together.
The process works well with two people.

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Drawers and more drawers.


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And more DRAWERS!



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Hubby's stash of plumbing parts for REDO's.

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Okay NEW cabinet in---water hooked up...now the dishwasher and drains? 

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Drawer hardware installation all the holes are predrilled. Just lots of screws.



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Adding the hardware for drawers.

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Faucet installed and the garbage disposal on the counter. 

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New plumbing, Yay!


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Love the NEW faucet, simple and brushed finish. We have really hard water so the cold water here leaves spots.



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Okay we finished this project with five people working we built and installed 4 base cabinets, all the drawers and mechanisms in place, countertops installed,  and the faucet installed and hooked up in about 5-6 hours, with breaks and dinner.

The edges of the NEW butcher block were heavily oiled and a silicone seal was applied along with the manufacturer's seal.

We continued oiling the countertops with mineral oil, multiple times, maybe 5-6 times until the wood would absorb nothing more. We have had the island with butcher block going on 4 years now and I love it.

The next few days hubby and I installed the sink and then the garbage disposal. YAY! Now we can at least put some things back in the drawers and maybe function for the rest of the remodel.

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The base cabinets on right now complete.

Next removing OLD soffits, adding NEW bead-board ceilings, centered electrical over island, followed by new subfloors and vinyl plank.

Week of July 15th, Picking produce, HOT, rain, two days, cool, porch door open.

What is that gurgling sound?


Thanks always for visiting. 
I will try and respond to every comment and answer every question.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions or posts. Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I will be posting at these fine parties:


Sandi

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18 comments:

  1. I can see that you are making progress! Good luck as you continue this venture!

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  2. Wonderful job! I loved following along with this post. I'll look forward to the next installment. :)

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  3. Wow, great progress, great planning, great family too ! Looking forward to your next installment as well.
    Joy

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  4. We did our own kitchen remodel about 5 years sgo. Like you we chose IKEA cabinets, and today they still look brand new. We also chose the drawers, which are so wonderful to slide out for easy access. Interestingly, we picked the exact same sink with the drainboard, lol. Couldn't live without it!

    Looking forward to your next post. You are doing a great job. Keep up the good work! :)

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  5. Wow, lots of hard work there--and more to go!

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  6. Bravo, what brave Souls you are to tackle such a huge Project, and it has turned out so well! Thanks for stopping by for a Blog visit... Glad you are enjoying coming along on our Wicked good time at Sweet Salvage's Holiday Event... this is the Show I look forward to all year! Been Hoarding up Blog Posts {scheduled} to roll out automatically while I'm having Surgery and Recovering afterwards, that way if I don't feel like being here in front of the computer, none of you will ever know! *Ha ha ha* Blogging also helps distract me from the anxiety of even having a surgery and possibly a lengthier recovery due to the diabetes. Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  7. Wow so funny I was looking for you yesterday and I couldn't remember the name of your blog, terrible memory. Then you popped up on my email. Thanks for the i sight about the teapot. The other day I realized the have a opening at the bottom of the teapot handle inside most geapot dont. Some have a tiny open at the upper area.. Lol I went a looking through a bunch of my other teapots. So I'm thinking maybe I can find a rubber piece. Cause I thought of crocheting somethin around the handle too but it will have to be a bit thick and not silky.. I love the teapot.. Boy you sure are doing some changes in that kitchen. Lots of work. So funny I often think of you because I have that same flower girl I mentioned in greens and it makes me think of yours in blue.. Good luck with the kitchen hope you get it finished up soon. And you can relax and enjoy. Thanks you with love Janice

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    1. Thanks everyone, we are so trying to finish up---pictures are in various stages of mess---lol. Everytime I want to take pictures, hubby has the island piled high with parts to the latest finishing project. Soon, I promise---Soon!

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  8. Hi Sandi, looks like lots of progress is going on. I can relate to all the work but how wonderful it will be when complete and the pride in doing the work yourself.
    Have a great week and happy fall soon!! xo

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    1. We are still scrambling here----soon, I hope soon, thanks for the encouragement!

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  9. What a job! A whole lot of work, but well worth the time and effort. A cabinet party? I love it.

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    1. Thanks everyone, we are so trying to finish up---pictures are in various stages of mess---lol. Everytime I want to take pictures, hubby has the island piled high with parts to the latest finishing project.

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  10. Thanks everyone, we are so trying to finish up---pictures are in various stages of mess---lol. Everytime I want to take pictures, hubby has the island piled high with parts to the latest finishing project.

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  11. It seems one has to contend with a few days of living on the edge as the project’s going on but worth it. Also shows how some fixtures in the house can be out of place. The plumbing and water heating system also loses a lot of heat when you have poor insulation. Improving that is a great idea.

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    1. Yes, the sink wall is now all reinsulated, a plus, maybe I won't have to leave the cupboard doors open to the sink during a cold spell. Thanks for stopping by. Sandi

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  12. Wow, you guys are really coming along with your kitchen remodel! I love seeing before and after pictures and watching it all come together. I also really like the cabinets you picked out from Ikea. I can't wait to see your pictures of the kitchen once everything is complete, I bet it will look awesome!

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  13. You've decided to undertake a huge kitchen project - and what a wonderful job you have done. It looks fantastic! We recently renovated our kitchen, and although I did some of the carpentry work and unit installation, we used a local plumber to work on our sink and washer. I wasn't brave enough to do the job myself.

    Annabel Pritchard @ Successful Plumber

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    1. Hubby is talented, but it wasn't entirely smooth. Not really his fault, we had a very long sewer run of over 80 feet to the outlet with very little slant...so now it is working properly. Amazing what 43 years of sludge buildup will do. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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And great to meet you, Sandi