Another week, a much bigger mess. Remodeling is like that, I guess. And I believe I need to change the title of this series of weekend posts to include the adjoining Family Room. Suddenly, this has gone beyond the kitchen.
What originally was two separate rooms has now become one. It’s like a … great room! It’s getting exciting now because I’m beginning to see what I could only imagine a short time ago.
You may recall from Part 1 that the ceiling in the kitchen was nearly 11 inches lower than the rest of the rooms on the first floor. I knew it would be such a huge job to restore it back to where it should be because whoever dreamed this up, used that space for HVAC ducts, electrical and plumbing. I really wanted to just leave well enough alone because I knew it would be a huge job to raise it. But I’m married to a stubborn man. Look at it now:
I know, it’s difficult to get a perspective but trust me, it’s 11-inches higher than it was. And all the “stuff” that was in the space hidden by the lowered ceiling has been “magically” rerouted. Already I can see what a difference this is going to make.
Okay, let’s talk about flooring. We’ve decided on wood flooring, a choice that, quite frankly, leaves me cold.
The first problem: We carpeted the family room 14 years ago with really nice, Karastan wool carpet. It’s meant to last forever and honestly, it looks new. We’ve taken excellent care of it and the idea of rolling it up and taking it to the dump gives me a heartache.
The second problem: Wood floors in kitchens are a pain, in my humble opinion. They are subject to water damage, they scratch easily, they have to be sealed and maintained, which naturally leads to scatter rugs and kitchen mats, none of which I am a fan.
We’ve come up with what I hope are two brilliant solutions:
1. Richard Beshear of Beshear Flooring took up my beautiful wool carpet, lovingly rolled it up and took it to his shop. Before he left, he and his assistant went way beyond the call of duty: They removed all the tack strip (thanks, Richard!). Beshear is going to cut the carpet into two area rugs―11 x 14 for the family, I mean great room and a 8 x 3 runner for the entry. Then he will bind them and deliver back when we are ready. Let’s talk cost here: A new, high-quality area rug 11 x 14 would cost $1,000 or more. The cost to do this work is $150 for pick up and delivery plus $2 per foot for binding. Awesome. So happy about this.
Here is a close up shot of the carpet that shows the slight “herringbone” pattern. On the floor it appears neutral with just a slight texture. I love it as much as the day it was installed.
Can you see that lining a landfill? I think not!
2. We visited a local flooring company to look at wood and discovered procelain “wood” tile. WOW! It is gorgeous. And very expensive at $12.75 per sq ft. installed. It is impervious to water, chemicals even nail polish remover. It simply annot be scratched no matter how hard you try, and it requires no maintenance at all, only mopping and or dusting. But that is a price that will break our budget.
I found the exact tile online HERE for just $4.04 per square foot plus shipping. That’s more like it. But we’re not home free, yet.
Harold thinks he may be able to do the installation, but the jury is still out. It’s tricky because of the narrow grout line and other challenges he is assessing now. Hopefully, we’ll have a decision very soon.
All of the rough plumbing and electrical should be completed this week. That means we’ll be ready to start buttoning up the walls. That’s when we’ll start to see some real progress. I promised lighting update this week but we are a little overwhelmed. We are still looking at our options, none of them cheap.
So, we’ll see what this week brings …
PS. Just as I was finishing up this post … I learn that our electrician has a conflict and will not be back until Aug. 27. Unexpected delay. You know … I have a feeling this is not going to be the last of the dreaded unexpected delay.