Maggie & Ed's Reno: Fire, Water, Cork, and Grout

Maggie & Ed's Reno: Fire, Water, Cork, and Grout

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Tess Wilson
May 13, 2015
The dishwasher installed in the island

Name: Ed and Maggie Williams (of MVW Architect)
Type of Project: Kitchen/dining/music room renovation
Location: Freret, New Orleans, LA
Type of building: Craftsman-style shotgun double

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After last weeks's frustrating- and smelly- turn of events, Maggie and Ed's renovation appears to be back on track. In Maggie's words, "It's really starting to look (and function) like a kitchen!"

From Maggie and Ed:

Fortunately, this week turned out to be much more productive and pleasant smelling. By Monday afternoon our plumbing disaster from last week had been resolved and by Saturday we had a working, and most importantly, very quiet refrigerator!
The countertops being installed. We LOVE the look and feel of the quartz and are so glad we splurged on that. Happily, the L-shaped piece in the corner has a small enough "leg" that they were able to make that piece from just one slab (meaning no need for a yucky looking joint in the corner).
Now that the countertops are in we are ready for backsplash to go up. We already have our tiles, but need to pick a grout color. I want something similar, but a little darker than the tile so that the stack bond pattern stands out, but is not too dramatic. I consult with Ed on the grout color, but I don't think there's anything he has ever cared less about- ha! We go with Bone.
And we have fire!
The ceiling trim is installed and we're really happy with the look. Simple, elegant, and proportionate to the space. Hopefully someday we can do the whole house like this...
The kitchen really starts to look finished this week with the countertops going in, the sink faucet, dishwasher and stove all being installed and the ceiling trim going up.
The laundry nook door frame trim installed. This is the door frame that has been in our shed for years after we removed it from our tenant's side during construction when we first bought the house. I'm happy we found a way to re-use it and keep it in the house. I also love the effect of the two transoms in a row.
Ed and Buster checking out the new cork flooring in the music room
They install the cork flooring in Ed's music room, and we decide to also have the contractor paint this room. We had been planning to do it ourselves, but we are worried that might end up on our to do list forever.
A view of the biggest scratch in the floor and a few smaller dings
At week's end they do a major cleanup and remove the cardboard floor protection. It is so exciting to see everything coming together and we think the room is really looking wonderful. Upon closer inspection however, we notice the floor has a number of scrapes and dents that appear to have happened during construction (after they had been refinished). We discuss the damage with Bennett and he proposes to do one more coat on the floor in three weeks after they finish up all their work. Other than that small issue with the floors, there are just a handful of things left to do and it feels like we are right on track to finish in time.

Estimated time for project: 12 weeks
Time remaining: 4 weeks

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

(Images and diary text: Maggie and Ed Williams)

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