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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Despite a few hiccups- missing brackets, forgotten soundproofing, ceiling fan relocation- Maggie and Ed and their contractors have made impressive progress this week. It's great to hear that setbacks don't have to set you back too far!
From Maggie and Ed:
First thing this week they frame the kitchen island wall. The location of this wall is especially critical- even just an inch off can make the aisle uncomfortably small. Having that wall in place really helps us grasp what the space will feel like. We place a cabinet and stools up against the wall and happily, the clearances around the island seem good.
When they start to rough-in the electrical and locate the ceiling fan, they realize the hanging bracket was lost during demo (for the old kitchen fan we wanted to reuse). It seems to be a pretty specific propriety bracket, not something you can just pick up at the hardware store. Fortunately though, when I contact the manufacturer to see about ordering another, they say they will just mail us one for free!
Once we see the ceiling fan located in the spot I drew though, we realize it is a bit too far away from the corner of the room. We move it about 18" over to avoid a dark spot at the dining table.
They install sheetrock super fast in only one day and I realize I forgot to mention we wanted to insulate the music room walls. While it's not a recording studio, we figure every little bit helps. Sheepishly, I mention this, and Bennett nicely offers to take the sheetrock down from those few walls and insulate. In just one more day they finish all the taping and floating.
Some carpentry items also happen this week: The bedroom door swing is reversed, and the laundry alcove door frame and transom go up. We were able to re-use this door frame and transom from an earlier renovation when we first bought the house. This used to be the back door on the other side of the house.
Lastly, we need to decide what sort of ceiling trim we want in the kitchen, if any at all. After searching Houzz and Pinterest for a while, I come across an idea that's simple and modern, while still proportionate to the high ceilings in our house. Bennett proposes accomplishing this look with two 1x4s for $450. We won't have trim at the ceiling in the music room, so those joints get taped.
Estimated time for project: 12 weeks
Time remaining: 7 weeks
Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for installment #9 of Maggie and Ed's renovation.
(Images and diary text: Maggie and Ed Williams)