Andi's Kitchen: Countertops and Construction Noise

Renovation Diary

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Our Wheaten Terrier, Rory, is overjoyed that the renovation is almost over.

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Name: Andi Forker
Type of Project: Kitchen Renovation — full gut remodel
Location: San Francisco, California
Type of building: 1890's Victorian condo

The Renovation Diaries are a new collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here.

This is an exciting week because our kitchen countertops got measured on Monday and installed on Friday! We chose Cesaerstone in “Pure White” for the counters along the walls. The stone company (Marble City) was nice enough to rush the job and also give us the material from the sink cutout to use as a pastry board.

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Marble City kindly made a pastry board for us out of the material remaining from the sink cutout.

Unfortunately, this week our upstairs neighbors reached their breaking point with construction noise (when the project is one week away from completion, of course). The words “citizens arrest” were used, though I am skeptical that such a thing exists in a construction noise context.

We are disappointed because we have really tried to be communicative and respectful of our neighbors. But I can accept that other people do not have my appetite for construction, much less for a project that is not in their home. Do you have tips or stories about working with difficult neighbors during construction? We plan on giving our neighbors a gift certificate for a car wash after the project, to thank them for their patience and apologize for any dust that may have flown around the shared garage.

Anyway, back to the project at hand. Sometimes forces in the universe act in your favor, and it just so happened that our plumbing contractor was able to come over and hook up the sink, dishwasher and garbage disposal right after our countertops got installed. In one fell swoop, the kitchen got much more finished.

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Our Kohler sink and Ikea faucet. Running water in the kitchen is such a luxury.

Dean and I made a mistake in our tile order. We did not expect a 6-week lead time, so our backsplash material will not arrive until next week from Ann Sacks’ Portland, Oregon factory. 

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The “Pure White” Cesaerstone counters work well with the off-white Ikea Ramsjo cabinets. The one backsplash tile in our possession—a sample—rests on the counter.

In addition, we felt unprepared to pick out cabinet hardware until this week. It was a detail that we could not focus on until everything else was in place. We ordered a gaggle of pulls and knobs from Restoration Hardware's Asbury line, which will arrive in a few days as well.

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Things are coming together! Missing elements are the backsplash and dishwasher front plate, which we cannot install until the drawer pulls arrive this week.

In the meantime we will sit tight and possibly enjoy a leisurely week with no construction!

Estimated time for project: 9 weeks
Time remaining: 1 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #12 of Andi's Diary.

(Images and diary text: Andi Forker)

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