Monday, July 7, 2014

Week 2 Kitchen Reno: Progress. Trust Me

Our contractor determined that a structural beam is required to replace the old butler's pantry wall, so while the beam is being custom fabricated, he and his crew spent the week getting some miscellaneous stuff done on the project. Unfortunately for the rest of us, "miscellaneous" doesn't translate to "exciting blog worthy material". That said, progress was made in week two.

All of the old knob and tube wiring was taken out and I gave the electricians a rough idea of where we wanted the switches, can lights, and outlets to go (as in-we're going to hide our microwave in one of the pantry cabinets so there better be an outlet in there). By the way, when the electricians took a look at our plans they couldn't believe we aren't having any upper cabinetry installed. WHAT?!?! WHO DESIGNED THIS KITCHEN?!?!? HOW CAN YOU NOT HAVE ANY UPPPER CABINETS?!?!
Eh, they'll eventually come around.

Parts of the old subfloor was removed and the contractors started to level out the floor. The entire subfloor will be replaced with brand new plywood.

 The dumpster was taken away and lumber delivered.

 And the pilings were dug for the new back staircase.

One of the more exciting things to happen this week was the discovery of two old receipts, both from November 1914 to the account of Mr. John R. Freeman. 

John Freeman was a civil engineer and major real estate developer in Providence during the 1910's and 1920's. According to preservation society records, he purchased our home in 1913 along with most of the existing properties in the area so that he could build his own house and control development around him.
Freeman sold our house within a few years, but apparently he did some construction and remodeling during that time!


Cathy Wall said...

How exciting!!!! This kitchen will rock and in the meantime, the chaos of your house and the fact that it is Summer are great excuses to go out and enjoy the various yummy dining options in your area. Either that or regress to eating ramen noodles!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love when people think no uppers is crazy- it makes the kitchen feel so much less closed in! trust me! ;)

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

We are in week 3 over here...finally starting to see more visible progress with the new window, drywall hung, and texture going on today! See photos on my IG feed @ Love the old fun to get a little history of your home.

Ri Home said...

This is always the difficult part. The destruction before the construction. It just seems to go so slow. In no time at all though they'll be hanging drywall.

How cool is that finding old receipts?

Holly Gruszka said...

Cool find of the receipts!! How awesome is that? And the dollar amounts just make you grin. And you should also include in your post title "Reality" because there's a lot of not pretty stuff that goes into these renovations that no one ever sees in magazines, TV shows and thankfully for blogland it is a reality.

Barb S said...

I am so excited for you and your new kitchen! Personally I would love to renovate a home like you are doing but my husband is not on board with that. That being said I am living my "dream" through you! I love the fact that you discovered the receipt. Have you thought about "burying" your own receipts?
Thanks so much for sharing things...I continue to look for updates!!! Have a great day!!!

Bryan Hubbard said...

Those electricians sure know how to wire a house! The question of whether or not there would be upper cabinets is to make sure their wirings don't hinder any future plans of having new fixtures. You also found a cool snippet of the past with those receipts. That should further encourage you to continue your work here. Take care!

Bryan Hubbard @ Douthit Electrical

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