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Old 02-23-2015, 08:29 PM   #1
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Custom Kitchen Build


We recently purchased a foreclosure house that was a real gem. Old 1930 built home with a ton of character and built ins.

We tried to preserve everything we could but it was a total gut job for the most part.

I did everything in the kitchen to include the concrete counter tops. The main construction of the cabinet boxes was 3/4" melamine with tongue and groove oak shaker doors. Everything has the nice soft close.

I am probably 85% done. I just have to finish the small details like touching up crown molding, trimming some spots, and finishing the grout on the back splash.

It was a large job and took me 4 month or so but that includes removing the old plaster, going down to studs, putting in new insulation and electrical and sheet rock. Then designing and building the kitchen itself.

I want to reserve this space for my own personal notes and reference along with share it with all of you.

Pics soon. I have to sort them through my phone the first loan them to the computer. It will take me a minute, I have tons a pictures to sort.
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Old 02-23-2015, 09:35 PM   #2
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Demo time


Here is the start of it all. This really brings back some memories, all this work was back in July 2014

The kitchen was just plain and not our taste. The cabinets werent a bad condition, just not our taste and not super functional.

The kitchen had two none bearing interior walls covering up a chimney and a closet to an adjacent bedroom. Both were removed to free up space in the kitchen.

The chimney served the old boiler system and was no longer needed because we installed direct vent high efficiency hvac/water heater.



Here is the original kitchen



This lone cabinet it in between the walls covering the chimney on the left and the closet to the right





That heavy evil back breaking chimney exposed!!



Another view. The chimney is right behind that small door. I forgot, there was a small closet there too.

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You can see the two wall here to the left with the lone cabinet in the middle



More poking holes seeing what I was getting myself into



Coming down......



all the walls removed



Audios closet door (We saved all the doors. They are original from the 30s)

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Here is the second wall which was the closet in the bedroom on the other side of the wall. Horrible place for a closet.



Rest of the kitchen coming down





The ceiling was jam packed full of asbestos. Totally fun to remove.



Yum....asbestos

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Both chimney and closet knocked the hell down!



One last reminder of my pain....



Then a little magic happened and it disappears





Chimney and closet wall all opened up with the old BX wiring gone and the new lighting in

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I built everything one by one, measuring the next cabinet up to the previous for a good level fit.

I also had to build so the kitchen was still some what functional as I went along


The skeleton boxes in. We went with a large apron sink with commercial style faucet



I changed the door styles and rails here. We wanted thicker



Ceiling done with new recessed lighting. New fridge. Got that baby for 50% off because of the dent on the side.



Pantry around the fridge. This is the wall where the closet/chimney were



new bosh dishwasher wanting to be measured up


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Here is where the chminey once was. I had to continue the original arch that ended at the top of the closet door once here. Took a will to get it to line stragiht



Here are some previous pics showing how the arch ends up near the top





old in wall boil and window removed for the new sliding door for the future deck


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Finishing up the sheet rock





New oven. We used all LG except for the dishwasher because bosh is the best!!

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Old 02-23-2015, 10:21 PM   #9
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Concrete time


building the cast in place molds for the counter tops. This took me a insane amount of time. The wet sanding of the concrete was such a mess and took nearly 40 total hours of sanding. It was not my favorite part to say the least...









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Not the prettiest thing after drying



Here is the final design for all the doors before spraying. 3" wide frames with a groove all around courtesy of the router table



all the molds removed



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Sizing up the doors before paint



built in spice drawer and garbage



Painted



Started the top side. The corner cabinet was a real trick to get right



Trimming it up

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nice pull out cutting board





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lol the place looks like total mess. Building and keeping the place some what usable is no easy task!



In the future Ill build a cabinet on the top of the fridge to enclose it all. Not on my priority list right now with the ton of other rehabs im doing on the house

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This is how things stand today. I still have finish details to do like putting on some handles, touching up paint on walls, finishing the back splash....all little things....but all in all the construction turned out great and saved us 20k.

A contractor quoted the total job at 28k. We spent 8k on materials and all new appliances; which were not in the original 28k quote, just materials, time and labor.

I used far better material then the cabinet we probably would have got. I love the soft close on everything and all the pull our drawers. Lot of storage.


(I still have to put the door on the corner cabinet, I have to find hinges the work with it)


Here is the wall with the once chimney and closet. Much better use of the space.

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All in all we are happy with it. The space was not the largest but we made do with it and tried to make it as functional as possible.

So, how does it look? TO be honest, it was my first time ever building cabinets. I had to buy a ton a tools which was awesome!

I must say I enjoyed it all so I suppose I could say wood working is a hobby.

Now all my friends and family want me to do there kitchen. Ehhh.....
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