ever since my husband’s phone call two weeks ago (“honey, its tuesday, we need to have the kitchen gutted by 8am tomorrow”), we have been on a mission to get through this kitchen.
in two weeks time my husband and i (and some very generous friends) have gutted a kitchen, had new electrical and plumbing installed, reinsullated the walls, exposed a brick wall, drywalled, mudded, sanded, primed and painted the entire room.
we truly believe we have been incredibly lucky. we have heard horror stories about being without a kitchen for six months . . . a year . . .
that the electrician or plumber were not timely . . . that they found structural issues with the house . . .
thus far, we have had none of this. (knocking on wood here)
i think we owe much of this good fortune to our friends.
one friend in particular is a general contractor and he recommended our plumber and electrician. these guys are fantastic and i am including their information below. they were both speedy, affordable and wonderful to work with. i cannot recommend someone more than i would these two.
electrician: jema electrical llc, jeff gessner, master electrician, 410-574-1006 (office), 443-858-1934 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
plumber: leif hancock, 443-469-1151
in addition to the technical things above, we have generous friends who have offered their artistic skills to help with the finishing process. specifically, our friend sue crawford (email@example.com) who does custom painting and interior finishes, offered to come over and help with paint selections.
not only did she help with selecting colors i would never have thought of, she also helped paint the entire length of our home, the ceiling and the entire kitchen. what took her a day to complete would have taken my husband and i a couple days to do (and i am certain our edging wouldn’t have been nearly as clean).
so now we are on to tiling the floor . . .
its been exactly two weeks and i am astounded at the progress we have made. there is still a long way to go, but it is a big sigh of relief to know that we are through the major structural tasks.
motivation is a grand thing.