June 4, 2010

The Sink Room Reconstructed Part 4

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 3:33 pm

You now walk into our house and think “what is that crazy yellow thing down there?”

It’s the lemon room!

We have a ceiling!

We have a floor!
We have a pipe of doom!


The Sink Room Reconstructed Part 3

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 3:12 pm

Steps version 1:

Steps version 2, after the building inspector said that rebuilding them required that we bring them up to code. <sigh>. The only difference is that the new ones don’t have a step down outside of the door:

The other big step forward, besides paint,  is the corrugated iron awning that is now over the entire back stairs:

Not only is it totally effective bug it is also cool looking, and doesn’t require a post to hold it up since it’s attached to the under-side of the deck!

On the inside progress is being made as well — we’ve got windows and drywall!

And though we still have the pipe of doom we now have a back door!

The Sink Room Reconstructed Part 2

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 11:21 am

Since the doorway to the back room was boarded over, and we were too lazy to go out the front door and through the garage to get to the back yard, the following photos were taken either through the kitchen window or through the cat door. I’m sure you can figure out which are which.

The first pass of electrical, almost all of which was changed later:

We put chairs in the new room to check out the window height but the cats got more use out of them than we did:

May 29, 2010

The Sink Room Reconstructed

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 10:35 am

The new view of our upper deck and back yard, the latter of which beautifully frames our lemon tree (though, yes, there is still a post in the way):

The new view of our neighbors deck. We’ll have to get a curtain or something in case he wants some privacy:

The pipe of doom. This one item has caused more remodel woes than any other:

May 28, 2010

The Sink Room Gone

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 9:18 am

After we gutted the sink room I meant to take pictures of the back of the house before it was rebuilt. Unfortunately I didn’t get around to it and one day I came home to find the whole thing gone:

It was kind of nice and almost made me want to just put a deck on instead, but then the cold San Francisco wind hit me and I came to my senses!

We put the cat door into the fake wall so that cats could still go in and out, even though we couldn’t:

May 27, 2010

The Sink Room Gutted

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 7:51 pm

First you have to get rid of the kitchen sink:

Then the kitchen cabinets:

Then the layers and layers of linoleum, which unfortunately leaves very little wall left:

And of course the snail graveyard:

And finally the ceiling:

Ta da:

The Sink Room Emptied

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 5:39 pm

Then we took everything out of the room when the kitchen we done and started playing with paint swatches:

Be sure to note the sagging ceiling and the door that swings into the middle of the room.

And of the course the view of the backyard which is tiny and has a post in the way:

The Sink Room

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 1:57 pm

Our house, prior to remodeling the kitchen, had the kitchen sink in a separate room tacked on to the back of the house. Now that the kitchen is done (which I now realize I never posted pictures of) we are working on turning that back room from the “sink room” into a breakfast nook/mud room.
Here’s how the room looked when it was in use:

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December 28, 2009

Kitchen Status Dec 22nd

Filed under: Kitchen — maryparadox @ 2:07 pm

I was hanging out in the kitchen and the cats decided to come check it out. There was some hilarity with them slipping on the protective cardboard and going in and out of open drawers.

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Things are moving along pretty well. The replacement cabinet we had to order for under the bar came in early and we got all the counters in. The window is done and looks beautiful and the unusual curve for the bar is certainly eye-catching.

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November 22, 2009

Kitchen Remodel: Week 3

Filed under: House, Kitchen — maryparadox @ 8:11 pm

While the plumbing was being done our contractor offered to start on our next project — the “sink” room. After the kitchen is complete we want to turn this room into a breakfast nook/mud room. Unfortunately the room is little more than a shack tacked onto the back of the house with hardly any foundation and lots of rot.

Jim managed to sweet talk the building inspector into calling it legal and giving us a permit, then started on rebuilding the foundation and cleaning out the rot. We were still able to use the room as our kitchen in the meantime, and it gives us a leg up in the construction when the real kitchen is done.

Jim ended up hiring out the foundation work to another contractor who brought in these guys:


Who built this:


And poured this:


All in one day!

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