Name: Dan Bailey
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: East Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
Type of building: 2nd Floor Condo in a Greek-Revival Row House
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This week I left behind the chaos of an unfinished kitchen renovation and the miserable New England weather and headed out west. I’m writing from sunny Tucson, Arizona where I’m taking some much-needed time away from work and the renovation.
While I’m away, my contractor, Gregg, has continued working on the kitchen. It was a short holiday week, but he still managed to finish drywalling the kitchen singlehandedly. Gregg was kind enough to send me a few pictures of the progress. With the drywall up, the kitchen is actually starting to look like a real room, rather than the grimy hole in the wall I’ve become accustomed to over the past few weeks. I can’t wait to see how it looks in person when I get back.
Even though I’m not in Boston, I’ve been thinking about the renovation. After some careful online comparison shopping, I ordered a sink and faucet this week. I chose a 24-inch stainless undermount sink and a satin nickel single-handle faucet, both made by Kraus. Having used both undermount and drop-in sinks in the past, I definitely prefer the undermount option – water doesn’t pool around the edges of the sink, and it makes it easy to brush crumbs and spills on the countertop into the sink.
I should be back just in time next week to help finish taping and mudding the drywall seams. Then we’ll prime the walls, install the cabinets and a countertop, hook up the appliances, tile the backsplash, paint the ceiling and walls, and — bam! — I’ll have a kitchen! It sounds manageable when I put it like that, so hopefully all of this work will go smoothly.
Estimated time for project: 24 weeks
Time remaining: 4 weeks
(Images and diary text: Dan Bailey)