Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: The First (Mini) Meltdown

Renovation Diary

This is me coping with my meltdown by battling the brick wall yet again...
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Name: Austin & Danielle (of Forage + Fodder)
Type of Project: Kitchen & Garage Remodel
Location: Austin, Texas
Type of building: One story, Single-Family House, 1250 square feet

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Austin had to leave town for five days for work, so I decided to go stay with my parents so that our contractors could have full, round the clock access to make some serious progress (and so I could do an insane amount of laundry, enjoy a daytime nap without hearing a nail gun, and devour home cooked meals like it was my job).

The old and new doorways. We're one step closer to a proper entryway!
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See ya front door. You will now be rockin' counterspace.
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I popped my head in a few times during the week and things were moving right along. Our front door has officially been moved! And the framing has continued into the kitchen now. The last few load bearing studs were removed and a header beam was put in their place. Our plumber was able to move the gas line, and the electrician started installing the recessed fixtures in the kitchen!

All of the studs are gone, and new electrical work has begun.
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This massive header replaced our load-bearing studs.
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Before Austin left town, we had to determine where we wanted the pendant light fixture (that will be above our kitchen table) to go. It took about an hour, because we literally have nothing in that space right now, so we weren’t sure if it should be centered from where the walls will be, or out from the cabinets. Honestly, by the end, I’m not sure how we determined the spot we did, but hopefully it works. Work also continued on our HVAC system, and the new fixtures are almost in place, I’m hoping we’ll have full heating and cooling by the time we start staying in the house again.

What will be our fancy new recessed lighting in the bedroom!
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Bathroom plumbing and preparation for our tankless water heater.
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Oh, and we hit a remodel milestone this week: The first mini meltdown! I’d spent hours looking for the proper drainage piping to go with our clawfoot tub, only to discover that at some point ‘we’ agreed on the idea of just having the tub water drain onto the floor of the shower stall. WAIT. WHAT? I still have no recollection of this conversation happening and I just about lost my mind because the concrete has been poured and there is no turning back. Our plumber has reassured us that this is fine, but all I can imagine is ending each relaxing hot bubble bath with an ark-worthy flood in my bathroom as I pop the drain up and water goes all over the floor. It’s going to be a slow bounce back for me, because I have trust issues, and I’m afraid it’s not going to work. But Austin has assured me several times that it’s all going to work out.

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for installment #11 of Danielle and Austin's kitchen & garage remodel.

(Images and diary text: Danielle and Austin)