Well, the good news in our remodel is that we have found nothing major. And there is no real bad news... just little irritants that crop up that make the job harder, longer, more complex. We have a gem of a contractor, a young hard working guy who is one of the most punctual people I have ever met- gotta love that! He also has "people" - Well qualified hard working electrical, gas and drywall guys who show up when they say they will, and who even clean up after themselves... lucky us!
|New hood install required 1 electrician, 1 general contractor and 1 non-union supervisor!|
Time in attic: 45 minutes. Time pulling wires: 30 minutes. Time hanging hood 60 minutes (+/-)
Time spent kibitzing with supervisor charged at overtime!
The hood install went nearly seamlessly- as well as pulling wires for the new pendant lights over the bar. The instructions, written in Canadian French then translated to English were a little confusing at first, but our intrepid team used their combined creativity, ingenuity and experience to a most successful outcome. It's amazing how the addition of a range hood changes the overall atmosphere of a kitchen. Mine was transformed from cute and "cottage-y" to "a serious cook lives here" just in the course of a Saturday morning.
|Testing the broiler with a side of salmon and stove top with sauteed vegtables proves the new range is fully operational|
|Contertops GONE! Sink DISCONNECTED!|
The little irritants? Jury rigged electrics in the attic, a big hole in the floor under the range where the previous downdraft vent went and unsafe wiring for the garbage disposal that was stuffed inside a conduit which made it look good. Ugly, icky foam that had been blown in under the Formica in our garden window, which is a mess to clean up, but is revealing a nice clean level surface on which to install slate tile. We're still waiting for a light fixture that was supposed to have been delivered on Thursday from a big box store, and no-one seems to be able to find it.
The final blow? When the counters came off, it became readily apparent what a lousy housekeeper I am... amazing what hides in all those cracks and crevices!