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Deciding all the things [May. 13th, 2011|01:47 pm]
I believe the last decision has been made, and the last items ordered, for the kitchen remodel.

Go ahead and laugh now. I know you want to.

In point of fact, I've already remembered that we haven't gotten the paint. But that's just a walk across the street to Sherwin-Williams.

And that's wherein the truth of these things lie. When a couple years ago I said, "You know, it would really open this place up if we knocked down these walls," I could not fathom the sheer number of decisions that would be involved in "just" remodeling the kitchen.

But now we have chosen tile for the floor, and based on tile samples have confirmed our countertops. That should be all.

But on May 23, once the demolition begins and the rebuild starts, I'm certain there will be a zillion other small decisions that have to be made.

I have no idea what they are. If I did, I would probably flee in terror from this whole project.

Then again, if I'd realized the number of decisions I'd have to make up until now, the project probably wouldn't have gotten off the ground at all.

In that, it's like having kids: if anyone could comprehend what it was really like, no one would ever get started at it. And yet they are totally worthwhile.

You know the other way it's like kids? Every once in a while I wake up in terror, thinking, "OMG, I hope I actually like it when it's done!!!"

[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2011-05-13 06:11 pm (UTC)


You are correct that things will come up, and lots of them. Some will be very simple, some will require some thinking.

But if you hired the right crew, you'll be fine.

And by small things, if it hasn't already been done, are things like drawer pulls, etc. Details. :) Big things are like... where does the new outlet go, and will it work.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-13 07:58 pm (UTC)

Re: :)

Drawer pulls are chosen, because the cabinet company was having a special in which I got them for free, so had to make the decision RIGHT NOW.

I figure outlets and such will be high on the list. And I'm very confident in my contractor.
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From: phillipalden
2011-05-13 06:17 pm (UTC)
Our kitchen is the last area of our house that we want to redo. We were going to do it a couple of years ago, then October 2007 hit and we started making prudent financial decisions.

But things are getting back to normal, (for us at least,) so we'll probably be in your boat soon.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-13 07:59 pm (UTC)
It's both fun and stressful. And figure out the most it can possibly cost, then double that, and you'll probably be in the ballpark.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2011-05-13 07:00 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new kitchen!!

I know that fear; we had a friend, a professional painter, offer to paint our house while we were on vacation, for just the cost of the paint!! We were going from brown to Colonial red. On the drive home, I had second thoughts and pictured living in a two story "tomato"!! It was fine, and our house has been red for many years now.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-13 08:00 pm (UTC)
I am still madly in love with the interior colors we painted the house, and the kitchen will be one more dramatic grab from the crayon box. Color is awesome!!

Very nice of your friend!!
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2011-05-13 07:00 pm (UTC)
When we had the wall between our family room and kitchen removed, the main unexpected decision that faced us: We didn't expect them to run x wires this way...where do you want us to route them.

Our contractor (a good friend of ours) mentioned that was the toughest part about that type of project. You don't know what surprises lurk inside the walls until you tear down the sheetrock.

Here's to hoping you aren't faced with any unpleasant surprises.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-13 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's definitely where the "holding my breath" part comes in.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2011-05-13 11:34 pm (UTC)
the best thing i could wish for anyone remodelling:

"i hope you never have the thought 'dammit, i need mike holmes and i need him NOW!'" (then again, i'm hooked on the holmes on homes and holmes inspection shows.)

may your kitchen be everything you want and then some! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-14 05:32 am (UTC)
I will probably start watching more Holmes on Homes once this is over, but right now it's too scary!
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[User Picture]From: myshanter
2011-05-14 01:44 am (UTC)
Beyond doubling the money...double the time. A month in, we still are grilling nightly and microwaving from a stack of boxes in the computer room.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-14 05:33 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: xpioti
2011-05-14 04:30 am (UTC)
I hope you continue to share the process, I'll be fascinated to read along. My dad's an excellent handyman, so did all the repairs and upgrades to our various houses when I was growing up; the first time I met a plumber was when I owned my own house!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-05-14 05:37 am (UTC)
I wish we were a bit handier, but I'm glad to be having a professional job done by someone whose work I have seen and admired - I've seen a frightening number of bad patch jobs over the years.
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