Friday, June 27, 2014

Progress Report…Kitchen Reno Week 2


In my last post I shared some demolition photos of our kitchen remodel. Today I want to share a few progress shots and what we found “behind the walls”.

 
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As you can see…at first glance there does not seem to be a whole lot of difference from demo day. However…lets take a closer look.
 
Here is the last before shot that I took the morning the crew was on their way…
 
 
 
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See the drop ceiling or soffit over the kitchen area! We assumed it was a faux soffit and probably left over from the last re-model when there was possibly a florescent light removed? Just guessing here…and we guessed wrong! That faux soffit was not faux at all…it was covering ALL of the upstairs plumbing! Of course.
 
Change Order #1…
 
 
 
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We had to bring in the plumber to cut out all of the old plumbing that was lower that the floor joists and replace it. Then install new floor joists around the new plumbing. Bottom line…more time and more $$.
 
Ok…back on track…right? Wrong! After removing more of the ceiling drywall we found another “issue”….
 
 
 
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See that little white dot? That is looking up from the kitchen area to the master bathroom floor…right outside the shower. That little white dot is daylight…bad news! Plus there is obvious signs of water damage along that whole seam.
 
Here is a look at the shower and original 1967 tile floor that is leaking…
 
 
 
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Bottom line…time to demo and remodel the master bathroom! This has been on our “list” for a while. We had planned to attack it after the dust of the kitchen project had settled. However, that project needs to happen now! No sense letting this leaky floor ruin my brand new kitchen.
 
Oh…did I mention that when the plumber was here he found our hot water heater was leaking? Yes…we had to replace it. Again…just more time and $$.
 
 
 
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So much for the budget! You hear all of the stories about remodels like this…finding surprises behind the walls. Well, let me tell you they are all true!
 
My favorite blog friend, Janell from House of Fifty, said this “sounds like a TV show”! Ha! I wish it was all demo’d, fixed, installed, and pretty in 30 minutes. Our big reveal is going to take just a little bit longer!
 
 
 
 
 

8 comments:

  1. You are exactly a week ahead of us and now I'm FREAKING OUT about what surprises are in store for us. Yikes! On the bright side, you're getting a brand new master bathroom too :)

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  2. Oh my! Not fun!!! But, better to get it all taken care of now than regret it later. Hang in there.

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  3. Ahhh, nothing like making lemonade out of lemons. New Kitchen, new bath and new water heater. You'll have peace of mind having them all done and out of the way.

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  4. If there's something good that came from this demolition, it's that you were able to see the problem with your plumbing and whatnot, and that it opened the way for repairs before you proceeded with the renovation. You'd never want a leak that results in a flood throughout the house just left on its own. Let's just hope there aren't any more issues with on your next steps in this renovation.

    Levi Eslinger @ Capital Plumbing & Heating

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  5. Oh wow Laura - certainly unexpected surprises. Our hot water heater burst a few months ago. That was not good. Our plumber told us it probably started with a slow leak and then just eventually burst, so be thankful you caught it early. Baby steps to a beautiful new kitchen, right? :) That window looks really pretty.

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  6. Looking good! Your kitchen is well on it's way to being a real kitchen. Haha! Just keep it up and make sure that all future contingencies with regard to potential drain situations are all accounted for. All the best!

    Lovella Cushman @ Perfection Plumbing

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  7. A good thing about this renovation project is that you were able to address all the problems you have in your house and fix it. Particularly the parts that were damaged by water from the plumbing issues. Anyway, this must be an exhausting experience for all of you. I just hope you have all the help you need for you to finish this before your target date. Good luck!

    Vincent Gerrits @ Servpro

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