Just like he told me he was going to. But somehow like a complete idiot, I assumed that my kids were going to wake up in the 5/6am hour like they have been the past 2 weeks and after going out with my Chicago cousins last night, past my normal bedtime, very unwisely did not set an alarm...
Hence, at 7:31 when Michael got back from his run and had to let these guys in, everyone was nestled all snug in their beds, no one had sippy cups of milk nor breakfast, nor makeup (me) and oh, that's right, I thought the guys were going to start outside, but they actually wanted to bust into a wall in my kitchen, first, therefore creating the need to get everything off my counters and off the fridge pronto.
So, this morning at 7:32, the Mr. and I were running around like crazy people trying to move stuff. JM and I were eating Nutrigrain bars for breakfast, since they unplugged our fridge and at 7:34 taped off the kitchen to contain the dust. At 7:40, the front door was slamming with people going in and out and power tools were hitting drywall. Holy shite! Ready or not. We are starting this thing!
In case I haven't mentioned it, last summer after putting together architectural plans for my dream kitchen and getting some preliminary bids that made our eyes pop out of our heads, we started househunting in a lot of other Austin neighborhoods. Ultimately we decided we didn't want to leave our big trees and old house for parks and pools and "new", but also didn't want to spend our whole remodel budget on just the kitchen. Hence, we're staying, doing the kitchen on the "cheap" (not knocking down walls) and plan to add more square footage elsewhere somewhere down the road the next few years.
Lesson learned this morning was that I need to communicate clearly with these guys exactly what the agenda is for the upcoming day/week so we're not caught with our pants down, again. We are staying here when they are doing their work, so I need to be in sync with what's going on. Sorry, Michael, about this morning. Ah, always an adventure being married to me!
If you are interested, we are keeping the current footprint of our kitchen, so as to keep costs low(er) and to not have to lose our brick flooring. Here is the plan, before and after:
Range wall now
After: Lose electric cooktop, add 30" gas range, add lazy susan corner. Add drawers to lower cab space instead of cabinets. Add apron sink. Add new kitchen window. Extend upper cabs to ceiling and add glass front ones flanking sink (I'm actually doing screens instead of glass so you won't see all my disorganization). Lose heinous 1960s laminate/wood counters. Add black quartz counters. Add new white Shaker-style cabs. Widen breakfast bar and add under-counter storage.
Fridge wall now
Fridge wall after. Lose double oven. Move microwave. Move fridge to where oven/mic are. Move pantry to where fridge is and add 16" height. Add small counter, upper cabs and lower drawers to current pantry space.
Microwave wall now
After: add pull-out trash/recycle. Seriously, that's all I care about on this wall.We are doing some preliminary work now, but they aren't really cutting me off until Jan. 16 when I will hopefully only be without a kitchen with a 3 year-old and a 1 year-old for 3 weeks, like they said. I'm hopeful. This is fun. I ordered my apron sink and new faucet tonight!