Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Where do the pans go?


What is fun about a custom renovation is actually being able to decide where everything and everyone are going to live in the new space. I have sat on a milk crate looking for the comfortable place to mount the toilet paper holder; I have built a box with a bench to make sure a shower space would feel spacious; and now you can see that I have made an island mock up so my client and friend can figure out where the cabinets should go. Is the sink going to be big enough to fit the frying pan and will there be enough counter space if they choose a large sink? Will the island jut too far into the living space? This is akin to building a fort and fitting it out for a great adventure... and with a well laid out kitchen, cooking and entertaining will be a great, fun adventure! Cheers to the options!

Friday, February 19, 2010



Short and sweet -- the beam is in. TK is one hell of a carpentry and vacuuming apprentice. What a fun and productive day. I am beat!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


The wall is down, the pipes are gone and the new electrical panel is just about in place. There is a time in every project when it looks as bad as it is going to get. That time was today -- trash, dust, wood, wires, beams, tools, drop cloths, and a pizza box. However, it is now back to organized and when the beam goes in tomorrow, there will be the bones of a new space. Inspections are on the horizon for tomorrow, which following a time line means plastering starts sometime next week.

And if all goes as planned, the Brazilian Cherry will go down on the floor while I am sitting in a beach chair in Puerto Vallarta. As I always say, it is the great people I work with that help me keep my word. They wouldn't dare do something to keep me off that plane.....

Thursday, February 4, 2010



The naked truth is that it is very likely a project will start up before the previous project is completely done. In my world, that is written into my schedule. I start my projects with people who prepare, demo, clean and get the initial project started. That leaves me with the final details and punch list on my other "in progress and nearing completion" projects. If I could run completely linearly, I would, but then, I would need more than one of me. My goal is to make all my clients 110% happy and I couldn't sleep if it weren't so.

Today I started a new project -- actually it began long before Thanksgiving -- but today the walls came down. It is exciting and scary at the same time. But, that is how we make progress. So now I have two big projects -- one that is getting the final coat of wonderful and the other that is getting a good sledge hammer, dust, drop clothes, and a vacuum. Did I really think there were going to be that many wires and a main sewer drain (yes to the sewer drain).

My double ballroom renovation, as I like to call it, is underway. My task is to take an intact, beautiful space from the 1880s and retain its character and feel while putting in a great new kitchen. The space is designed. Now watch it as it unfolds.....