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Old 02-24-2010, 08:40 PM   #16
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Finished the drain rough-in. The original plan to tie into the main 4" drain wasn't going to work since the 4" drain is nestled in-between the supply and return ducts to the HVAC. Sounded good though...

Will need to work on the water supply next. Will also need to run a dedicated circuit for the dishwasher as well. The outlet that I believe was for the microwave in the original design needs to be removed or converted to the power for my under-cabinet lighting.
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:37 PM   #17
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Put in the kitchen sink water supplies and removed the old Rosa Beta counter-top. Man, that stuff was nailed, screwed and glued down really good, but nothing a sledge hammer wouldn't fix!

Encountered a problem a defective valve. Will have to look for a better brand, Brass Craft has been recommended.

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I can't wait to see how it all turns out. I think I'll keep tabs on your blog.
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:52 AM   #19
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Have removed all the old kitchen cabinets and have started on getting new cabinets together. Have changed the design of the kitchen slightly. The old plumbing for the sink is exactly where the new exhaust vent for the microwave/hood combo. So will need to take that out instead of capping. The duct since its a 3.5 x 10 will take up so much room will need to finish it before I can do the electrical rough-in for the 3 appliances. Will run wires back to circuit breaker panel for electrician to connect. I'm still not comfortable working with live electricity especially in a panel. Will post a picture when I have the exhaust rough-in complete.

Also will need to run a cable for the under-cabinet lights around through the wall to tie in the light to the right of the microwave with the rest.
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This is my attempt at a color rendering of the final kitchen with dine in. Attached is a current kitchen photo with a plan design from similar angle. I have all the cabinets out and will be working on the wall this week along with finalizing the ceiling paint. Since the ceiling is so high I will go ahead and put light fixtures up instead of the temporary lights. Due to the complexity of the mosaic backsplash drawing it in program is a little hard.
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Hey Chris,
I got in to the DIY network. I am starving for more pictures. What's this about a Rosa Beta being hard to take out? You have inspired me to take a look at our kitchen of twenty + years. What is the color you have on the walls? The darker color on the ceiling coming down to meet the lighter color. The darker colors to makes the ceiling invisible. I like it! Hanging lights or recessed? Love the windows, a lot of natural light. But it limits how you can set up the kitchen. I might had considered closing off the middle window, leaving the two on the ends just to have more cabinet space. I have been thinking about closing off my plant window just to have more cabinet space. As you know my kitchen is small. Okay you get back to work. I will be following the project real close. By the way, the tile for the back splash is to die for.......Gititdone.......
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I got in to the DIY network. I am starving for more pictures. What's this about a Rosa Beta being hard to take out? You have inspired me to take a look at our kitchen of twenty + years. What is the color you have on the walls? The darker color on the ceiling coming down to meet the lighter color. The darker colors to makes the ceiling invisible. I like it! Hanging lights or recessed? Love the windows, a lot of natural light. But it limits how you can set up the kitchen. I might had considered closing off the middle window, leaving the two on the ends just to have more cabinet space. I have been thinking about closing off my plant window just to have more cabinet space. As you know my kitchen is small. Okay you get back to work. I will be following the project real close. By the way, the tile for the back splash is to die for.......Gititdone.......
Thanks for the reply!

It was going to be hard until it met the sledge hammer. Was going to try and remove it in two pieces. However it was 3/4" Rosa and the wood was screwed down from the top and the granite glued to the board.

We had considered taking out a window as well but then the front of house would have lost character. May revisit when we do the fiber-cement board siding. This was one reason for going with white cabinets so matching months down the line would be easy. The ceiling at the peak is close to 18' had to cozy up space.

Since the ceiling is actually dropped down from the original ceiling and is filled with blow in insulation will be keeping the existing light locations and using a pendant light and new ceiling fan.

Working on exhaust vent for the cook-top. Pics coming soon.
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Kitchen portion of the range exhaust is complete. Will need to put in the 220v lines for the induction and oven, one more single gang box and run the line for the LED lights. Will then start closing the walls up! Will need to sand down the paint on the walls so tile backsplash will adhere.
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Oh, this house has three electric water heaters, all newer than 2002 that are not being used and willing to sell dirt cheap! Send Private message if interested.
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Oh, this house has three electric water heaters, all newer than 2002 that are not being used and willing to sell dirt cheap! Send Private message if interested.
I'm sure everyone near "Someplace USA" will be interested
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Dumpster arrived this afternoon. Spent most of the day tearing up the old Kitchen floor (Pergo) and sledging the bathroom walls. I had placed all the old kitchen cabinets, sinks bathtub and the like outside so I had to move that stuff into the dumpster. Thank God for my Deere 2520 with loader!!! After tearing out some bathroom walls I found insulation in two interior walls and also insulation in the bathroom ceiling. Not sure of the original layout but doesn't look like any of the adjacent spaces were non-conditioned.

I am also running another Beta version of my software running the Aprilaire thermostats. So far so good. This version uses outside temperature to set the inside mode and temperature.

Will spend tomorrow evening moving drywall from bathroom outside and finishing that demo. Once complete will post photos and construction will begin!!! Whoo Hoo!
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Wow. It's coming along nicely Chris. Whatta lotta home! How many square feet is it again?
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Wow. It's coming along nicely Chris. Whatta lotta home! How many square feet is it again?
It's about 4,000 sq. ft. of which 3,900 s. ft. needed/needs some kind of work! Will be posting more before photos in a few days.
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Hit another hurdle, well two actually, I was wondering what the strange bump out was in the corner of the bathroom ceiling. turns out it was a very poorly managed vent pipe installation. So I found the vent from my post here. Since I have removed the old sink I am going to cut the old vent and try and connect this all with-in the ceiling space. Maybe a long 90 degree?

Larger hurdle is the area above the tub/shower is an unconditioned space with no access. Will need to be real creative to fix this see post here.

Man oh man...
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