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"But Tucker, if it's not a forever place, why are you spending high-four-figures redoing the kitchen?"

Three reasons:

1) The stupid cabinets that are too small for the plates to fit in are seriously annoying. It is worth spending money to rectify this, even on a short timescale.

2) It will Increase Resale Value, at least nominally. I'm skeptical as to how much effect home renovations actually have on resale value, but hey, maybe I'm wrong. It will certainly look much nicer, which may have an intangible effect on saleability.

3) It's not that big a kitchen. Any actual homeowners reading this are scratching their heads trying to figure out how we're renovating an entire kitchen for under ten grand. The answer is that this is a tiny 80s condo kitchen, where you can't open the dishwasher and the fridge at the same time, and where two people can technically do separate food-related tasks but they'd better be VERY comfortable in each others' personal space.

And, related to that last one, if I'm gonna be A Homeowner who's not interested in DIYing the heck out of everything, I'd like to have a sense of what goes into a reno project like this. Redoing the tiny kitchen seems like a safeish way to get my feet wet.

Emily stayed home yesterday while the new cabinets got delivered and the old ones got torn out. I stayed home today while the new cabinets got installed. Based on what I've seen so far, IT IS TOTALLY WORTH IT TO PAY A PROFESSIONAL TO INSTALL THE DAMN CABINETS. Nobody's kitchen is "cabinet-sized" and things will have to be tweaked to fit, plus there may be, um, "interesting choices" made by previous owners. Like the way there are two different kinds of ceiling drywall in the kitchen over the cabinets, and making them line up is a pain in the neck. I have SO MUCH respect for the guys putting the cabinets in, and occasionally hauling things out to the porch to trim them and hauling them back in.

The wiring in here is substandard enough that the electrician couldn't finish up yesterday, so he'll be back at some point. And Emily's convinced that she can re-hook-up the sink and the dishwasher, at least good enough for a couple of weeks, so the plumber won't be back today either.

So, soon we'll have cabinets, and a temporary sink and counter. Next week the counter-measurer comes to measure exactly how much counter we need, and that ought to arrive in a couple of weeks.

So far, relatively painless. We'll see how it goes once everything is in place and hooked up, and then we'll also need to put in some kind of backsplash. (We had them tear out the HIDEOUS PAINTED-OVER TILE but haven't come up with anything to replace it yet.)

Date: 2017-06-15 10:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] graydon
Backsplash needs to be a priority; wet getting down back of the cabinets has all kinds of horribly organic failure modes.

(I know nothing about what you've actually got or if "backsplash" means the wall, the wall/counter interface, the shape of the counter against the wall, or some combination in this particular instance. But wet down the back of the cabinets goes horrid.)

Sink and dishwasher connections shouldn't be hard, but the Have the Mop Ready ritual is a good one. (Also two buckets. Bucket one is being emptied (off the porch if necessary) while bucket two is filling, sort of deal.)

Date: 2017-06-15 11:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] plumbob78
I am a big fan of hiring professionals. I am sure I will do it if I ever fucking move out of this apartment.

Date: 2017-06-16 04:11 am (UTC)
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The tile was actually pretty nice until some idiot (see: previous owner) decided to paint over it.

Date: 2017-06-16 10:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lurkingcat
I'm a big fan of getting the professionals in for things like kitchen cabinets. It's so much less painful if someone else is dealing with the inevitable tweaks that need doing because the walls aren't quite as straight as everyone thought or something somewhere is a centimeter or two out.

Date: 2017-06-16 02:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] reedrover
Good luck that it continues to go smoothly.

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