Maggie & Ed's Reno: Boxes, More Boxes, And 1 Very Helpful Dog

Maggie & Ed's Reno: Boxes, More Boxes, And 1 Very Helpful Dog

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Tess Wilson
Apr 13, 2015

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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While professional musician Ed is on tour, architect Maggie has been nobly battling a foreboding mountain of boxes containing IKEA cabinetry. Good thing she has brave Buster by her side! Let's see how they're progressing so far...

Our bedroom has become a huge chaotic mountain of boxes, with overflow boxes spread out across the house.

From Maggie:

The cabinets arrive! I spend hours inventorying the boxes, labeling each with the cabinet number that corresponds to our elevations and plans. Unfortunately I discovered we ordered the wrong depth cabinet to go above the refrigerator (12" not 24"), so we will need to return and re-order that one, which I imagine will be somewhat of a hassle through Ikea online, oh boy! Other than that hiccup, everything is here and nothing is damaged. I start assembly with the smallest upper cabinet first, to get my bearings, and find the process, while tedious, is also surprisingly easy! Putting the cabinets together is basically just a repetitive puzzle with Ikea providing the answer key. I plow through 12 cabinets in the first weekend, with only a few minor injuries (which I'm embarrassed to admit, happened because I was working barefoot... a major no-no! lesson learned) Ed gets home from tour later this week, just in time to help out with the 3 full height cabinets. I think we are off to a good start!
Not the most fun way to spend a Friday night, but the mess is finally organized, phew!
I feel a sense of accomplishment as the pile of boxes dwindles and the collection of assembled cabinets grows.
Twelve cabinets done, just the three full height ones left to go! But those will need to wait on Ed to get home as they are definitely a two person task to move around.
Buster is really into this whole process, mostly because of all the cardboard he gets to lay on and attempt to eat!
Meanwhile, on the other side of the house, "Phase 1" of the renovation is complete: making the tenant's pantry shallower so their pantry wall will align with our existing dining room wall once everything is opened up on our side. With built-in shelving the pantry still provides lots of storage and seems like a win-win for both sides.
Phase 1: moving the back wall of tenant's pantry. The wall must be located in the exact right spot. Here is the wall being framed, on left and the finished pantry, on right. According to our measurements on the tenant's side, the wall is in the correct spot, but the moment of truth will come during demo on our side.

Estimated time for project: 12 weeks
Time remaining: 11 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for installment #5 of Maggie & Ed's condo renovation.

(Images and diary text: Maggie Williams)

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