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Kitchen remodel, round 1

So we’re like living in a bubble. No, not really — but on Monday we started our kitchen remodel. We’re working with the same contractor who did Jay’s studio, and he started the process by “bubbling off” most of the downstairs (so we don’t have to breathe in too much sheetrock dust). My brother-in-law John Stoeck has been helping with the plans. We are very excited to do this. The excitement has not yet been diminished by our current lack of kitchen.

So I have a first set of photos here for your enjoyment. These include a somewhat chronological order of former kitchen, former kitchen empty, and kitchen in the midst of being dismantled (it already looks so much bigger downstairs). The remaining walls that you see that make the former kitchen “room” will be coming out as well. We’re just waiting on the steel beam that will hold up the second floor. We wouldn’t want to take them out too soon! The last photo is of our makeshift kitchen upstairs.

2006 construction, The Movie, part 1

Wtih all of the construction activity here, we got behind on posting pix. So, I’ve compiled a slideshow movie of the construction so far.

watch the movie (.mov, requires QuickTime)

This movie is "part 1," and covers the period from before construction (pre-November 2006) to the completion of drywalling (12/22). So, you’ll see some evidence of: cleaning out the garage, breaking ground, replacing the furnace and water heater, adding a heat pump, framing and insulating the floor, pouring new foundation, removing the garage door, framing the walls, new electical wiring and moving the breaker panel, new ducting and venting, insulating the walls and ceiling, and drywalling.

(Doh! Reducing all this to a two minute video makes it look too easy!)

Fingers crossed and knock on wood, in a few weeks, we’ll do a part 2 movie covering from drywalling to move-in!

technical note: The movie might sputter and stop if you start watching before it downloads all the way. If this happens, give it a few minutes to download—there’s actually a download progress bar at the bottom that tells you what’s happening.

another note: The background music is the original, instrumental-only version of a song that will appear on my upcoming album, due for release in Spring 2007. Some of the album art appears at the end of the video, including the famous portrait of me in 9th grade drawn by Bernard Bernard when we were in 10th grade.