Name: Christine & Pierre
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Type of building: Ground floor apartment of a triplex, 1,100 square feet
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Our contractor came in for a few days to help us install the range hood and tile the big wall behind the sink. Installing the range hood meant that we could FINALLY start using our stove again, so we were in a hurry to get it installed as fast as possible. He measured things perfectly so that the bottom of the range hood will align with the upper open shelving.
While our contractor was installing the range hood, I was outside cutting and trimming tiles for the area behind the ledge. I wanted to run tile along this section, but if we had used the 3" x 6" tiles we have elsewhere, it would have been painfully obvious just how crooked the ledge is — it has a sort of pie shape to accommodate our old-house walls. So we purchased larger tiles (6" x 6") and then trimmed them down to size, to disguise the difference in size from one end to the other.
Trimming all the tiles to fit into this section was time consuming but totally worth it. What began as a sort of hack to bring down our countertop costs is now one of my favourite details of the kitchen.
I also installed the hardware, which we had sourced from Lee Valley. An unpleasant surprise: the screws that came with the handles went through the doors! And since the screws are exposed, it's not easy to find good-looking, appropriately sized replacements. Sigh. We did manage to find something that would work, but not without multiple trips to our favourite big box reno store.
With the tile done and the range hood installed, all that's left is the trim installation, paint touch-ups and installing the open shelving. BUT! We actually have a functional kitchen! We celebrated by making pasta, which we've sorely missed these last few months.
Estimated time for project: 22 weeks??
Time remaining: 3 weeks?
(Images and diary text: Christine Zoltok)