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23 March 2009 @ 08:24 am
The electricians stopped by yesterday to take a look at where we stood. I hadn't quite grasped the scope of their plan - that is, rewiring the entire kitchen. They suggested we tear down the sheet rock so they have full access; easier to put new pieces up afterward than try to patch enormous holes. Turns out it's just as well. There's no insulation on the outer walls. None. This kitchen is going to cost us a bit more than anticipated. When all is said and done, though, we'll have safe, reliable wiring and we'll probably save a bit on heating bills.

On to the destruction.

Hard to tell from this blurry shot, but you can see up into my attic.


There's an electrical cord dangling from the middle of the back splash. Where did it come from? Where is it going? We may never know.

mystery wire

Not only is the back splash ugly and strangely wired, it's full of holes. Hey, I can see my (uninsulated) wall from here!

behind the backsplash

Three different levels of floor. *facepalm*

pipes and floor

Remember this?


Now it's this:

kitchen, mostly gutted

Only with 100% less sheet rock.
Joe Shelby: fof not quite rightacroyear70 on March 23rd, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
everybody seems to discover in time that their kitchen is not what the docs said it was. my brother in law wanted to granite their countertops and found that the house builder cheated two ways. they only used 2x8s for the floor supports (rather than 2x12s - the 8s wouldn't support the increased weight so they had to rip the whole floor up and relayer it). then along the way they discovered aluminum wiring that had been installed LONG after it was illegal to do so (a known fire hazard), so all of THAT had to be reripped out and re-installed. go fig.
harpiegirl4: girlfriendsharpiegirl4 on March 23rd, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Woooow! ::averts eyes::
I'm getting anxiety on your behalf.
Though in the end, I know it's going to be amazing. Still, the process requires a bottle of vodka, methinks.
Ratesjul: Dream Peter Panratesjul on March 23rd, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, it looks so much bigger now!

So, uh, what's with the odd door?

I'm enjoying your kitchen saga...
Kelladyjoust on March 23rd, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
That's the door to my pantry. We had to take it off when we were tearing up the floor. You would not believe the disarray the rest of my house is in!
Ratesjul: somewhere out thereratesjul on March 23rd, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
I did wonder whether the door was the pantry one. It looks like a nice door.

I can well believe how much fun you are trying to find things elsewhere in your house. :)
Zoë Tzoethor on March 24th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
I am SO ENJOYING this whole saga. Post more! :)
Kel: Dr. Horrible shoulder dance!ladyjoust on March 24th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
I'm so glad! I'm sort of terrified that my flist is rolling their eyes and sighing mightily whenever I go on about the kitchen.

And I just posted a new entry as you were typing this. :D