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Pocket Door

Currently, our kitchen looks like this!  I neglected to keep you updated with the progress.

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My husband and son are preparing to install a pocket door.  The door will replace this section of removed wall.

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The door will lead from the kitchen into my future studio.  This is how my studio looks today. It’s basically a storage area!

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This morning, my husband ordered the counter tops. We can continue to work on the kitchen while we wait for the counter tops to be built.  Not all upper cabinets are installed, yet.

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Not My Husband’s Favorite

Plumbing is not my husband’s favorite thing to do.  It tends to lead to more work.  Pipes get corroded and sometimes break while you work on them.  Or other miscellaneous problems occur.  That was not the case this time as he moved our pipes from the floor to the wall.

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As usual, when he took the drywall off of the wall, he discovered something.  We are always discovering ‘something’.  This time, it was a good thing!  We found that our exterior walls are built with 2×6’s.  Since we live in Phoenix, that is a good thing.

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This means that our walls are R-19 for insulation.  You can never have too much insulation, right?

My husband cut a hole in the floor so he wouldn’t have to go under the house to do the plumbing change.  You can see where the pipes used to be and where they are now.  When he cut the hole in the floor he discovered gray pipes that went nowhere.  They are what is left of the original plumbing which has all been replaced with CPVC pipe.  Remember, this is a manufactured home built in 1985.

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Our son showed up again, which made for some quick work. Yes, those windows are on a list to be replaced!

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Doesn’t my husband do a nice, tidy job?  The kitchen is getting closer to the mud stage.  I hate that part.  Dust EVERYWHERE!

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I am looking forward to the finished product.  Am I being patient?  Not really.

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South and West Walls

Now that we have caught up considerably, let me show you what we are currently doing.  A few days ago, my son came over and helped to demolish the south and west walls of our kitchen.

I emptied all of the cabinets and put the items who knows where?  Anywhere that I could find space, that’s where!  Then the cabinets came out.

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My husband and son work well together and had the cabinets out in a very short time!

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Our city has a wonderful free program.  Once every three months they have a bulk pick up of any large items that you want to get rid of.  We were able to get our kitchen broken up and at the street for the next day’s pick up.  20140805cabinetsAtCurb

The trash is gone and we are on to the next project – moving the indoor plumbing from the floor to the wall.  Stay tuned, folks, MacGyver lives here.

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More Kitchen Work

The guest room work got put on hold as soon as the kitchen cabinets were delivered.  The guest room was the only space that we had room for storing all of the cabinets!  I should have been blogging all of this, but I just didn’t.  No excuses.  This will be a quick catch up post.

These are the old cabinets that were removed.  I see by this picture that I am really behind!  The wood floors have all been removed, also.

Old Cabinets. North wall.

Old Cabinets. North wall.

My husband added some electrical outlets and moved others.  He patched all the holes and also removed the laminate flooring which had two layers of tile below it.

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These are the IKEA cabinets installed on the north wall.  Later will come trim and molding.

Cabinets installed.

Cabinets installed.

He built out a table for eating in the kitchen.  The wood top is temporary until the counter tops are installed when the entire kitchen is done.

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The tile that you see on the floor, now, is there for leveling.  The home is not level.  We had a company come out to level it which they did.  However, he told us that the home has settled over the years and cannot get any more level.  So, my husband used layers of tile on the floor in an area that bothered him in particular.  The tiles won’t be visible once the flooring is installed over it.  He is very resourceful.

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A Trip to IKEA

Once the ceilings were all cleared and prepped, we moved on to our next project.  We thought completing the laundry room first would be a wise choice.  With escrow closing in four weeks, we thought being able to wash clothes easily at our new place was a must.

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We tore out the old vinyl flooring and the cabinets.

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There was vinyl beneath the wood looking vinyl.  And below that is the original floor, which you can see below where the cabinet was removed.

laundrydemo2My husband did a few repairs with drywall and mudded all of that.

Then we headed out to one of my favorite stores.

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IKEA.  Have you ever been there?  I just LOVE that store.  Ours is in Tempe, Arizona.

We got there when they opened at 10 AM.  We walked through looking at all of the kitchens.  Because we want the laundry room to match the kitchen, we had to choose the kitchen cabinets we wanted.

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It was a tough decision and we got hungry, so we discussed it over lunch in their restaurant.

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After Fish and Chips and a cookie we could think more clearly and decided on “Lidingo”.  They have design stations set up with computers in the cabinet department.  It took my husband about 10 minutes to figure out what he wanted.  Placing the order was easy.  Then we wound our way on through the store to the check out.  The clerk handed us our receipt and said, “It will be about 30 minutes in customer pick up.”  Well, haha, as with all places it was really an hour wait.

icecreamWe enjoyed ice cream while we waited. 🙂

But, finally we had our cabinets and headed home.  Uh, and let’s see, I think it was 4 PM when we left IKEA.  That store is vast!

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Where to Begin

My husband is the silent thinker type.  He looks at a job silently and thinks through his plan.  He always knows where to begin.  I just look at a job and begin anywhere.  He thinks through the process backwards until he gets to the beginning steps.

In this case, he began by removing all of this funky electrical wiring that was installed all throughout the house.  Why did they install it?  We don’t know.  The room plugs all work properly, so we don’t know why they installed the extra conduit and plugs and switches.

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Here you can see a few.  Sorry the photos are blurry, but you get the idea.

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He also removed all of the ceiling fans.  The ceiling fans are fine, but they are antique brass and we prefer brushed nickel.  They will all be changed out.

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The fans were not very securely attached to the ceilings, so he also redid all of wiring boxes for each one.  This home was built in 1985 and as with most manufactured homes of that day, things were built a little cheaply.  The old homeowners even put a small fan in the master bathroom.  AND a light in the shower.  These were both done through conduit along the walls and ceiling.  The fans in the dining room and kitchen were done the same way.  All those are gone.

kitchenfanCheck out this kitchen fan.  This is what we removed from the kitchen. It was attached to a white board that was screwed into the ceiling.  You can see part of the box lights on the ceiling, also.  The lighting in the kitchen was two large wooden boxes built to cover shop lights.  They practically fell off the ceiling when he removed them.  We plan to replace them with track lighting and my husband has wired for that.

With the ceiling fans down and all ceiling lighting removed, it is pretty dark at night.  We have a couple of lamps for light.  Once the ceilings are painted, we can buy fans and lights to install.  That will all be documented in future posts.

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