With the windows in an awesome state, it was time to re-arrange some things in the kitchen. There’s a small bedroom off the kitchen, who’s door went right into the kitchen, right next to the sink—a bad place for it. I decided to move that doorway around the corner, pointing towards the rear of the house, making it more private and no longer interfering with the main kitchen area. Luckily, the wall where I wanted to put the door had originally been an exterior window, and the window was still inside. So it was easy to use the same opening, but open it to the floor to be a door—no structural considerations needed.
here’s the new opening next to the door in the old one…
With the door moved, we laid pre-finished 3/4 red oak flooring in the bedroom, the same stuff we later used for the whole kitchen. Then we did the demo on the kitchen, scraped up the poorly laid tiles that were coming up and cracking, and put in the 3/4 red oak flooring on the rest of the kitchen, built a landing, etc. This part is the dull home improvement section, so not too exciting.
But one element that was fun was that our house features classic frame-and-panel doors with two vertical panel configuration. We needed a door to replace the hollow POS that was in the old opening. With all the work we were doing, I just didn’t think I’d have the time to build a door, especially since we needed one more or less NOW, not in a few months. So I checked out a lot of architectural salvage places around town, and found the perfect door for $150. just a hair too wide and tall, and I had to take of less than 3/4 each way to get it to fit the opening. It was in rough shape, so we sanded, stained, and finished it to match the trim.
With the room(s) empty, a new floor in place, some electrical re-routed, I was ready to get the cabinets built, new appliances in, and back to fully functional kitchen. During the demo, we were able to keep the kitchen minimally working except for about 6 weeks. Thats when we did dishes in the bathroom sink, and other work arounds to daily living. Here’s my wife cooking porch bacon…
She’s smiling there, but that got old pretty quick!
Next chapter soon, with actual woodworking.