A Whole Lotta Nothin’

I really hoped that tonight I would be able to share with you pictures of great progress in the kitchen, but alas it still looks pretty much like it did last weekend.

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This was not supposed to be the case.  We should be all ready for cabinet installation, but our contractor had other jobs lined up this past week and was only here one day. We are not happy campers.

On Tuesday, the electricians did show up and they did a great job installing the pot lights, adding new outlets, and bringing us to to code.

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Unfortunately, this is where the good news ends.  The HVAC person also came on Tuesday to install the outside vent and move the HVAC vent over a little bit to accommodate the tall pantry cabinet.  Here you can see the new exhaust vent.  It looks good from here, but in reality there is a hole in the side of it that needs to be plugged and the flashing around the exterior hole is not sufficient.  There’s a visible hole in the brick that needs to be covered up.

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The HVAC vent is in even worse shape.  Instead of going up through the floor as we discussed with the contractor, they just tried to shift everything over inside of the wall, leaving only about a 2″ corridor for the air to go through.  We’re pretty sure none of this is to code.

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We were very upset not only with the work that was done, (minus the electrical, those guys we great) but also that no one would came back at all this week to continue the job.  The agreement was that not only would the electrical and HVAC be completed, but all the plaster/drywall patching would be done as well and that we would be “paint ready” by this weekend.  As you can see, that’s far from the case.

So tomorrow they are supposed to be back out here to fix the HVAC and patch the walls. Allegedly, we will be ready for paint by the end of the day. We are skeptical. However, we did go ahead and select the wall color so that we are ready whenever we are finally ready for paint.

We wanted to find a nice, deep, ocean blue.  Since there is so much white in the kitchen, we thought it would be a nice contrast.  We tried lots of samples.  We were lucky that our friends had recently painted their nursery a similar color and had a few colors we could try in addition to the couple that we had picked up.  Here are our choices.

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As you can see, some were darker and inkier than others.  We wanted something that still read blue, even when the room was dark, but still had nice depth and felt like a navy. The one we chose was the one on the bottom right.  It’s actually a combination of the bottom left (Down Pour Blue by Ben Moore) and second from the top right, which is Amalfi Navy by Ralph Lauren. We wanted something a little darker that Down Pour, which is coincidentally, what our friends chose for their nursery, and rather than go back out and hunt for the perfect sample, we just mixed our own until we got the color we liked, painted it onto a index card, and had the folks at the paint shop color match it.

So that’s the latest on the kitchen.  It was a disappointing week, but we are hopeful that things get back on track in a hurry.  Right now the stone fabricators are scheduled to come on Wednesday to measure for the counters.  That means that by then at least all of the lower cabinets have to be installed.  We both think it will take a miracle for that to happen, but we’ll see how things go tomorrow.  I probably won’t be able to update again until next Sunday, so think good thoughts for us this week!

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