Visit The Kitchen Remodel – Before if you want to see what the kitchen as I used it for nearly six years.
Fortunately, my parents know what they’re doing when it comes to remodeling. My dad insisted we could handle some of the demolition.
For the most part, I’m clueless. But I’m pretty good at trusting my parents, taking direction, and using the hand cart.
To save a little money, we removed the appliances, counter, backsplash, and cabinets. We gave ourselves two days to do our work, because I was instructed by sister to not let my parents over do it.
I decided instead of attempting to sell the appliances or paying a non-profit to haul them away, I would gift them to the universe by way of free curb alert on Craigslist. They were gone within two hours with no appointments to schedule and no strangers in the house
A friend convinced me that even my cabinets would be valued by another, so once all the cabinets were on the lawn, I created another Craigslist curb alert.
In the end all that remained was a corner cabinet, a cabinet in which someone took the drawers, and part of the counter. It also gave neighbors plenty of time to admire that bizarre split corner sink.
This construction debris pile is from the professional taking out a wall that separated the kitchen and dining room, the soffit from above the cabinets, and all the flooring. I hired a guy to haul away the debris instead of using Bagster or renting a dumpster.
I’m so excited to have the wall that separated the kitchen and dining room GONE!
In taking out that wall it would no longer be attached to the wall above the fridge (right side) it would be obvious that wall was two depths (left side).
Since starting this project, I’ve learned from neighbors that our kitchens have two entrances opposite each other. In my house, the entrance from the bedroom side of the house was used to install the stairs to the second floor. The staircase dictate how much height is available for the refrigerator. By removing the layers of floor, I gained some inches so the refrigerator’s hinges will fit in its spot and not hang out in the kitchen area.
The previous remodelers instead of putting in the correct cabinet they cut the drywall to make the cabinet fit.
Also, they layered up the floor by installing ceramic on top of the green peel and stick vinyl and that’s why you stepped up 2+ inches when walking into the kitchen.
My demo guy took the floor all the way down and replaced the subfloor to prepare for new hardwood floors.
After the demo guy finished, it looked a little like this and was ready to be primed and painted.