Kitchen Remodel: Week #4

The week of March 10 - 16, 2002 saw continued progress.  The insulation was installed and most of the drywall was hung.  The stove was picked from the vintage stove repair place in Skykomish.  And of course we worked at our jobs as well... and bowling on Tuesday night... and movies on Wednesday.  We (make that Jack) is working on the kitchen a lot, but not full time.  Next week Jack expects to work on a directing job and might not get a chance to work on the kitchen at all starting on Tuesday.

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The last pieces of insulation going into the attic walls, which are the shaft below the sky light.
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All the insulation was put up this week. Before, there was no insulation in the walls -- except for some goofy foam between 2 studs on the west wall.
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This is the work ladder. Jack is designing a ladder which will go here up to the attic.
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Chris Swenson gave his approval of Jack's design for the layout of cabinets.  Chris and his wife Susie did a similar kitchen renovation in their West Seattle home about 2 years ago.
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The hole in the floor is turning out to be a glorious stairway. Remember the "before" pictures? Jack is standing where the goofy spice cabinet was. The funky closet and attic access were where the ladder is.
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The new door to the attic. This is just under the sky light. The new framing here for the door and the shaft was a tough task.
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Did I mention that Jack fell from here as he was making final adjustments to the skylight? He scraped his back and caught himself by the elbows as the ladder slipped away. (See the picture on week 2 at the bottom of page 2. That is where he fell from.)
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I didn't get pictures of us bringing the 4x12 foot sheet of drywall (I always called it "plasterboard") Wednesday night at 10:00 PM
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We had gone the see the movie Time Machine with a bunch of friends. Right after the show we headed to Lowe's and got 12 sheets of 12x4 and 3 sheet of 8x4. The guy at Lowe's was kind enough to bring the heavy load to the van with the fork lift.
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A Thursday morning glamour pose.
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The ceiling went up first. The 12 foot sheets allowed a single sheet to be cut to fit the entire width of the room.
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Jack did this by himself with a T-brace. First he would apply shoe polish and/or chalk to the electrical fixtures and boxes. He would then press the plasterboard against the fixtures to mark where he had to cut the holes.... bring the board down again, cut the holes, put it back up, screw it in place with screw gun. His arms were very sore by the end of day. (Meanwhile, I was programming my fingers to the bone.)
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While I was working on Saturday, Jack and our friend Craig went to Skykomish to get the stove. The refurbishers had an original copy of the 1950 owner's manual which they Xeroxed for us.
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Sunday morning pose.
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Jack says, "when Paul sees trash, he picks it up".
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As of Sunday morning, the plasterboard is about 80% done.  What remains is one wall with several outlets and then the 1/2 wall around the staircase and the sky light shaft.
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Primitive man ponder his tool. Jack says it is obvious that this "square" wasn't used consistently by the original builders.
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I'm amazed by the how shiny the stove is now.  I'll be even more amazed about moving this two-ton behemoth out of the van, into the living room and finally the kitchen. 
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