Monday, August 25, 2014

Week 8 Kitchen Reno: Hidden Closet


Yes, we have new cabinets, an interior transom window, more sheetrock in the dining room and in the mudroom, but the coolest reveal this week is our new jib door.
What is a jib door you ask?
Essentially, it is a hidden door. A door without any exposed hardware or trim. A door that blends in seemlessly with the surrounding walls...
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When designing our kitchen, we incorporated a small closet with an entrance from the dining room. We knew the entrance would be oddly situated on the wall and very narrow. In short, it would look like it wasn't supposed to be there. As a solution, we decided to disguise the entrance with a jib door. 
Chris just couldn't resist the challenge and opted to create the door himself instead of leaving it to the contractors. 

Using hardware especially intended for this purpose, he accomplished his greatest woodworking victory yet. 

The blue board and the mesh on the left will be covered with plaster tomorrow. The exterior portion of the door is made of MDO (Medium Density Overlay, plywood with a weather resistant cover sheet that takes paint well and is durable.)  The door will be the same texture as the walls once painted.
The magnetic catch hardware allows the door to open just by pushing on it.

 As I mentioned in a previous post, this closet will serve as Chris's Man Cave. He's got some big plans to hide all the AV equipment and his beer fridge in here. I've even caught him looking at inspiration images like this.
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The guy's got taste.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Week 7 Kitchen Reno: What a Difference a Week Makes!

Has it only been 7 weeks? Feels like 70. We are so ready for the renovation to be finished and to have our house back. Good thing the guys have been busting out some serious progress. It is starting to look like a room again and I couldn't be happier.

The blueboard went up and it got plastered "smooth as glass" (as our contractor kept saying). Over the weekend, Chris and I painted the walls and ceiling.
Since the patient was already open, we decided to have 1/4 inch sheetrock installed over the dining room wallpaper to save ourselves the trouble of tearing it down later. The plasterers are coming back in a few days to skim it. (Another room, another project!)

Our brand new ginormous window is finally in. This kitchen will be so sunny and bright, I'll need to wear sunglasses inside. And possibly even at night.

The cabinets were delivered late last week and are currently camping out in our dining room. The plan is to get them in today because the stone fabricators are coming tomorrow to template the new countertops.

Speaking of counters, we selected our slabs of honed cararra marble a couple of weeks ago. We needed two and were lucky to find a bookended pair, meaning they are mirror images of each other. This should make the seams hardly noticeable.
Apparently,  the trend with choosing marble is to go "white and light", but when we went to pick ours out, Chris and I gravitated towards the slabs that were on the grayer end of the spectrum and had lots of veining. And who knows? Maybe the darker version will help hide the red wine stains that I will inevitably cause (and blame on Chris.)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weeks 5 & 6 Kitchen Reno: So Close and Yet So Far

So they tell me we're almost in the home stretch, but you wouldn't know it from the look of things around here. What isn't immediately noticeable is that the rough plumbing and electric work is done and the contractors got the green light from the building inspector to proceed. With that out of the way, the guys were able to spray in the foam insulation.

Oh! And look! We've got a new back door and transom window!

This week is going to be a busy one...we're expecting the new window to be installed, the walls to be sheetrocked and plastered (that's right, I made "sheetrock" a verb), and we're eagerly anticipating the delivery of our cabinets. More to come!
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