Wednesday, June 24, 2009


After a couple days of postponement, the countertops finally began being installed yesterday.

View of the sink area. He's going to build me a shelf in that corner under the windows. The dishwasher goes on the left there where the vacuum currently is.

View into the dining room with half wall. That's going to be a bar when he finishes putting up the countertop there.

Area where stove and microwave are going.

He's supposed to finish the backsplash and sink today and the rest of the week (and probably part of next week) will be left for the contractor to do appliances and touch ups. We are finally nearing the end!

Friday, June 19, 2009

We have floors!

This week the tile floors went in. I chose a pattern called "offset diamond". The tiles are laid at an angle (diamond) and then offset from eachother, so each line of tiles doesn't line up. I originally wanted something more complicated, but several people recommended with our small space the design would be lost. So we went fairly simple.

The floor extends into the laundry room where the hot water heater is stored, so I had no hot water from Tuesday morning until they put it back in Thursday evening. Thank God it started back up again!

Countertops go in today (Friday) and the last details and appliances go in next week. So we should be done by the end of next week. A total of about 5-6 weeks without a kitchen. Not bad for a kitchen remodel! I really loved our contractor, so if anyone in the LA area is looking for a contractor, I will highly recommend him!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

First Hair Cut!

Yesterday we headed to Kidz Kut to get Amanda's hair trimmed for the first time. It was halfway down her back, and getting hard to brush all the tangles out every night! So it was time. Pic of us as we were leaving (before):

And here's Amanda in her pink car watching cartoons while the hairstylist got things ready

Hair wet, ready to cut!

Final product, nice shoulder length hair!

She even got to choose some hair clips for her hair afterwards!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Cabinets were installed today!

But first, here's a pic of the pile of trash we had in our backyard for 2 weeks. They finally hauled it away this weekend.

The cabinets showed up in front of our house on the two trucks and the trailer you see here:

After just 3 hours I had some semblance of a kitchen again!
View from the dining room to the sink/fridge area:

Towards the dining room (new half wall and raised window). The cabinet on the right that's not installed yet is a special trash can cabinet that they have to custom make the base for. They are doing that tomorrow.

And my new pantry!! Just inside from the dining room. The stove with microwave above will go on the far left side of this picture.

Mike also set up a webcam for us to watch the guys work while we're at work, so if you haven't already check out (during the day... I shut it off at night)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

It's getting there...

We had a bit of a set-back this week, as it rained on Wednesday. This didn't allow the drywall to dry in time, so we had to go a couple extra days. Cabinets will be installed next week now.

So, without further ado, here are the latest pics. Here's the outside of the new window from last week. You can see all the area they had to take out to put in the new window.

And here's the current state of the kitchen, waiting to be painted by Mike this weekend. View into the laundry room:

Sink area:

Looking out into the dining room. The plastic is finally removed and we can really see how this will look when finished!

Here's the outside of the window today, after they finished the stucco: