We finally, finally have walls going up in our kitchen!
We are nowhere close to being done with the walls, but we are making progress. We had to wait for a few things before walls could even happen, one of the biggest things being the inspection of all our structural and framing work. We had permitted the work with the City to tear down the kitchen/dining wall and move the kitchen/guest room wall, all based on plans from our structural engineer. After doing that work, we were left with this:
Yes, you could see straight from the kitchen into the guest bedroom. We got really used to walking through the framed wall on a regular basis – no idea why we thought walking sideways through a framed wall was easier than just using the doorway right next to it – we’re weird.
Next we did a bunch of other stuff that needed to be done in the walls/ceiling (electrical, plumbing, removing ancient rat poop, etc.) before our inspection. We had to figure out where we needed to put all our outlets/lights in the walls, so we could install all the wiring while our walls were open. And for our ceiling lighting, first we removed our center flush-mount light and then added in a bunch of recessed lights and wiring for a couple of pendants to hang over our future island.
It’s not done yet (sensing a theme yet of “not done” stuff?), but we have the general layout in place so we can finish the ceiling before trimming out the lights and adding the pendants. Side note: expense and scale aside, I can’t get these pendants out of my head:
When it was time for our inspection, a big, burly, bearded dude from the City came out to our house, inspected all the work that had been done, compared it with our previously-submitted plans, and then decided if we were clear to proceed with covering our walls with drywall. And if you follow on Instagram (and if you aren’t, do that already, come on – @houseupdated), you saw that we passed the inspection with flying colors on Friday.
While the inspector forgot to mark the word “passed”, he did say it and noted that we were clear to cover all the framing. Yippee! That meant we could spend the whole weekend adding insulation to the walls and hanging drywall. And by “we” I mean M and a drywall dude to help move this project along a little faster than we could do on our own. I lucked out for this because I got all the fun – park, soccer, neighborhood walks, and more hanging (but not drywall hanging – haha) with the kiddos. And I still got the benefit of seeing some progress on the house.
This was no hang-drywall-and-be-done project. No, no. Because we have old and crooked 1924 walls, we had to do a ton of shimming out of pretty much all the walls to get walls that are straight. And all this reminds me of that great moment in law school when I opted for another ear piercing over a nose ring and the piercing gal said: “you straight, boo?” Yeah, I brought that amazing phrase back in this post.
Now that the kitchen walls are in, we can accurately measure so we can finalize our cabinet design. I’ve been working on the cabinet design in my head for months (yes, this is what I do in my spare time, or rather my time where I should be sleeping), so I think I have a pretty good idea of where we are going – but exact measurements sure will help.
In the meantime, we are continuing to hang drywall all around the house to fix problems caused by all the kitchen havoc. We’ve got a ton of drywall to hang in our basement, the newly shrunken guest bedroom (it sure doesn’t look like this anymore), and also this area we tore out to make way for a more open layout and our new window seat:
No shortage of things to do, but having walls up at least gives us the sense that we’ll have a kitchen … someday. 🙂
Anyone else tackle a mega drywall project? Or feel like walls are the first step to a functioning space? Or maybe just bring back the word “boo” in lieu of an actual name? I’m hoping to hurry up and move this project forward (and the million other simultaneous projects) so we can have a functioning kitchen this summer!