Archive for December 2014

Christmas Break – Enjoying Mid-Reno!

I love to renovate but it also can be fun to live in a reno if you make a choice to stop, clean, and relax in it and enjoy the stage you are at. Christmas is a time for family and friends and I wanted it to […]

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The Cabinets Have Arrived!

I ordered the cabinets over a month ago and they are here just in time for Christmas! But oh yes they still need to be put together! They were actually relatively simple to build. The instructions provided were precise and easy to follow. With help, it didn’t […]

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Drywalling Starts

Once the insulation was wrapped and sealed with vapour barrier, the kitchen was ready for drywall. Oh but that dreaded sanding can wait!!! This was a good time to place the appliances to ensure their measurements and positioning were accurate with respect to future cabinetry, electrical outlets, […]

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The View “Through the Walls”

This view is from the living room through the dining room into the kitchen beyond. Reverse view – even better once upright 2X4’s removed and supporting beams professionally installed. Always contact a professional for the removal of load-bearing walls!

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Another Wall Down!

I started on the tearing down of Wall No. 2 – between the dining room and living room – for an even bigger open feeling! There was no turning back now! lol

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Insulation! Insulation!

I hired carpenters to build out the 2X4’s used on the exterior walls to allow for proper insulation. Acoustical sealant and vapour barrier are a must!

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Electrical Updated

Since all exterior walls were now exposed, it was a perfect time to have kitchen completely professionallyrewired. I had had a new 100 amp service installed in the fall; therefore, all appliances of the new kitchen could be properly circuited. It pays to pre-plan placement of your […]

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Plumbing Relocated

Old galvanized plumbing drainpipe was removed and redirected using new ABS pipe to where the new cabinets would eventually be installed and therefore hidden. Note: Anything in a wall that’s being torn down will have to be redirected; ie., plumbing, electrical, ventilation etc. Proper planning is a […]

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Gotta Dance!

Next the floor needed to be stripped down to the floorboards. There was linoleum under the tile and MDF under that. We used a sledge hammer to break up the tile and then a spade to lift and remove the linoleum; as well as, the MDF board. […]

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Oh what a view!

We removed the plaster from one side of the interior wall first using a hammer and basically smashing it and pulling it off bit by bit. We then removed the plaster from the other side of the interior wall using a sledge hammer. Easier than the first […]

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