So, we found a good designer and told her what we wanted, and her company became our contractor for the project. It was a worthwhile investment. We wanted to finish the work on the kitchen before my daughter and her extended family from Australia came to visit, so our time frame was short.
I know many of you have lived through the chaos of a renovation but it was the first (and last) time for us. The first step was to remove everything from the cupboards and as we did this we realised that we had many items that we did not use, so they were given to Value Village and to family members who needed them. However, even after culling our cupboards we had boxes of food and utensils that filled the family room to the brim. For the first two weeks, as they dismantled the old cupboards it was not so bad.
The plumbing was an interesting adventure; when our house was built in the late 80's they used Poly B for the plumbing. While we found out that with Poly pipe leaks are unforeseeable and there are no signs to warn of an upcoming leakage. Some things that influence polybutylene piping detrimentally consist of:
As luck, would have it, the day before the demolition of our kitchen was to begin, we found a leak in our plumbing system. So, after discussions with the contractor and the plumber we made the decision to replace all of the plumbing in the house, which added time to the renovations.
We had been operating with a sink, a stove and the fridge, while waiting for the cabinets, once the cabinets arrived, we lost the sink and the stove, but kept the fridge for a few days. Eventually, our new appliances arrived and we had a new sink, which was put in when the countertops arrived (two weeks after the installation of the cabinets.
The new cabinets arrived at the end of two weeks and then the clutter became almost unbearable. To make room for the cabinets we had to move the kitchen boxes from the family room to the living room. So the family room became the place for the new kitchen cabinets to sit while waiting to be installed.
I did find some online advice on how to survive a kitchen renovation from Kitchen Workbook at Houzz.com, We did #2, #3 and #4, but we could have done more. If you are doing renovations, the advice in #8 is what you have to hold onto, to keep your sanity through the adventure: