Day 0: Cabinets are empty and countertops are (almost) clear.
Day 1: Demolition took about three hours. The range was moved to my garden.
Day 2: The electrical is first. Outlets have to be no greater than 24" apart per City code.
Day 3: City Inspector for the electrical - a must before continuing any other work.
Day 4: The cabinets arrive and need to be stored - à la Tetris! - so Joe can work on them one-by-one.
Day 5: Lower cabinets are installed.
Days 6 and 7: Upper cabinets are and all cabinet doors are installed.
Day 8: Range hood installed. There is no microwave as code required the bottom of the microwave
to be greater than 18" above the top surface of the range. I have a remote for the hood. Also, the hood goes on automatically if the temperature of either the stove or the oven goes above a certain temperature. It turns off automatically -- with no override.
Day 9: A failed attempt to install a built-in spice rack in the wall to the right of the fridge
that backs up into the laundry closet. Ok, back to the drawing board.
Day 10: A pull-out table is installed just above the space for the drawer dishwasher.
Pulls for the lower drawers and cabinets are installed.
Day 10 (continued): Sink area cabinets all aligned and ready for the measurement for the countertop.
The fixture locations are marked so the countertop can be made precisely. Note the level on the left.
The undermount sink is an Elkay.
Day 10 (continued): Tilt-out sponge drawer in front of the sink.
Day 11: Some realigning of the upper cabinets -- thanks to Joe, my contractor, for bearing with me.
Day 12: Slide-in for cookie sheets is installed to the left of the range.
Day 12 (continued): LED lights are installed under the upper cabinets.
Day 13: The Silestone quartz countertop in Vortium is installed.
Day 14: Tiling begins. The tiles came in sheets (more expensive, but easier to install).
The install was tricky because of the angle and need to fit the sheets together
as well as cutting the tiles
so they fit flush with the countertop and the upper cabinets.
Day 15: More tiling.
Day 15 (continued): More tiling.
Day 16: The tiling is done!
Day 17: Grouting is done for the tile.
Day 18: Upper pulls are installed.
Day 19: Switchplates installed.
Day 19 (continued): The drawer dishwasher is installed below the pullout table.
The lower cabinet to the left of the dishwasher has a slide-out drawer for a blender and food processor.
Day 20: The threshold is evened so the transition is smoother.
Day 21: Painting -- walls, ceiling, and baseboards.
Day 21 (continued): New stainless steel switchplates installed to complement the sink and appliances.
[Day 22: Refrigerator, range moved back into the kitchen. See "After" photos below.]
Day 24: New faucet installed as original faucet not working well. The button on the left is for the garbage disposal.
Day 25: New smoke detectors and CO monitors are installed per City code.
The CO monitors are in the bedrooms, far from the kitchen, but are still required.
Day 26: A missing side panel is installed -- needed because of moving the cabinets to optimize storage space.
Day 26 (continued): A soap dispenser is installed next to the garbage disposal button.
Day 27 (which was actually several months later): The maple spice rack is clamped prior to staining.