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DUST WALL COMES DOWN: THE HOME STRETCH!
Tim, Jon and Ryan carefully remove the dustwall to prep for the conclusion of this exciting project.
THE WOOD BEAM IS GOING UP!
This signature stained wood beam and column system is being used to articulate the seperation between the dining room and the kitchen. Tim Frincke, our talented Lead Carpenter is in process of the glue-up and assembly.
This simple and direct 3x6 glazed subway tile with a beveled edge and classic DeLorean gray grout will put the finishing touches on this classic look. The laser also tells a story about the level of fit and finish we are achieving with this install.
The countertop fit and finish are always a critical part of any successful kitchen remodel. This "steel gray" granite from Ann Arbor Stone and Tile is starting to pull our finishes together! The aluminum supports at this cabinet will provide a smooth and unobstructed support to our counter overhang.
THE CABINET INSTALL
The Burns Park kitchen is a very tight, multi-functional space, which means that the design and build of the cabinets was crucial to the success of the project.
Above the wall cabinets, you may notice a distinctive wood soffit. This contains a mechanical chase that will be concealed within the crown structure of this cabinet installation. We are custom-making the crown and panel extension to the cabinets, allowing us more flexibility in construction.
DRYWALL IS UP!
Everyone involved in the project gets psyched when drywall goes up; it marks the beginning of a new build phase. Confident in the structure of the project, we move on to creating a beautiful space that is move-in ready. We look forward to installing cabinets in this space - as you can see, they have just arrived! Our design team is now working on finalizing paint color and cabinet hardware, and the homeowner is able to see our design sketches coming to life.
Tim said that "the cabinets are already in the kitchen!" We see what you did there, Tim.
Reworking mechanical ducts is often the biggest challenge when removing a load-bearing wall. In our approach, we have used a subtly thickened sidewall and drop soffit. The triple beam does all the structural work, but we will utilize a wood beam soffit and column to help articulate the spatial division between the dining room and the kitchen.
LIGHTS AND SWITCHES AND OUTLETS...OH MY!
The pre-mechanical meeting is probably our most critical meeting during the construction process. At this meeting with our client, we finalize all placements of planned electrical lights outlets and switches. These small decisions are what can make or break a kitchen's functionality. Our Project Designer Ann-Marie Clark works with Lead Carpenter Tim Frincke and to prep for this meeting.
Next up: drywall!
Framing day! During the demo process, the team discovered a previous renovator's blunder - the joists between the first and second floor had been cut and the structural integrity of the area was a concern. Our build team prioritizes safety in all the spaces we work in and has fixed the unforeseen condition, as well as framed for the new kitchen layout.
One of the unique features of this kitchen is the removal of a central load-bearing wall. Our design solution replaced the wall with a structural beam, then rerouted the mechanicals into a thickened sidewall and small drop soffit.
"D" IS FOR DEMO DAY
It's out with the old kitchen to make way for the new - no turning back now!
The team places a dustwall to protect the areas surrounding the kitchen and help minimize disruption to the homeowner during the course of our work. One great feature is about the dustwalls we use? They are solid, pressure-fitted walls with solid doors rather than flimsy imitations. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind. We have found that these dustwalls allow people to live in a remodel with far less anxiety.
The existing kitchen is a closed off space that feels dark and cramped. With only one person able to work in the kitchen at a time, cooking can feel like a punishment!
Client Remodeling Goals
Our client loves their home, but does not love that the kitchen is closed off from the rest of the house.
Typical for a house built in the 1920's, the rooms are all compartmentalized. The current layout isn't practical for this homeowner, who would like a kitchen with sightlines to other areas of the home. They'd also like ensure that the new kitchen allows more than one person to cook and prep at a time.
Our Design Solution
We'll remove the confining wall between the kitchen and the dining room; in its place, we will build a peninsula with casual seating to bridge the more formal dining space with the kitchen.
New cabinets and more contemporary finishes will reflect the family's personality and bring their home into this century.