Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: A Fridge & Floors

Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: A Fridge & Floors

Sep 17, 2014
We got the fridge in! But had to take a cabinet out...blast.

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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David started installing the wood floors this week and they are stunning. We’re so glad we opted for the lighter wood, because it matches the rest of our house perfectly. It took him about three days to lay all of the flooring, but apparently at some point we miscalculated the square footage because he ran out about halfway through the bedroom. It’s not the end of the world because our vendor has plenty of it in stock, but it delays things a bit because the wood has to sit in our home to acclimate for 2-3 days before he can install it.

The floors are finally going in!

In the meantime, he started installing the bathroom tile and I love it! We were out of town over the weekend and he’d hoped to finish all of the bathroom tile, but I guess it took longer than anticipated because he only got about half of it done. Which leads me to my current struggle: I have a hard time working with “contractor time.” It’s not like business professional time with tight deadlines and quotas. It’s flexible and it drives me insane sometimes. At my job, if I say that I’ll have something done by Tuesday, then I get it done, or I face the consequences. But in contractor world, if I don’t finish, no worries, because I’ve got a plan to get it done and that’s really all the explanation needed.

Making progress in the bathroom!

Oh, and did I mention I have a roof, and two other flooring projects to squeeze in this week? Maybe that’s one of the perks of having a general contractor. Austin and I both aren’t the type to welcome confrontation, so it’s been a constant battle on how to hold our contractors accountable to the deadlines that they set. I know it will all get done, and most importantly that it will be done correctly and with care. I just don’t understand why a contractor will voluntarily provide me with a deadline, and then not meet it. What’s the point of the deadline then!?!

The fridge that wouldn't fit... This was pretty infuriating for Austin.

One huge step we took this week was getting our fridge back! Although it was not without struggle. Apparently when Austin measured the height of the upper cabinet before installing it he did not account for the wood flooring underneath the fridge. So when we went to install it, the fridge was about ⅛” too tall for the space. Austin was so upset that he almost went into full on fetal position in the corner, and I kind of wish he would have, because I would’ve felt a lot better about the weepy bedroom episode I had a few weeks ago.

After talking through it for a bit, we decided to take down the upper cabinet and just cut it down an ⅛” and reinstall it. It will still look seamless, but there’s a good chance that the fridge won’t allow enough clearance for the doors to open. But who actually knows what they have in those above-fridge cabinets anyways, right? It’s where things go to collect dust, if you ask me. Unless they open, in which case, I know exactly what I’ll put up there.

Not a ton of progress this week, so it seems like it’s going to be a while until this project is complete.

Estimated time for project: 13 weeks
Time remaining: 1 Week Over

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for installment #18 of Danielle and Austin's kitchen & garage remodel.

(Images and diary text: Danielle and Austin)

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