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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Maggie and Ed are putting the finishing touches on their new kitchen, dining room, and music room, and everything is looking fantastic. But if you're lucky enough to be their guest, pretend you don't notice the different color temperatures of the under-cabinet lights...
From Maggie and Ed:
This week is pretty much spent completing the miscellaneous remaining items so that next week they can do the final pass at the floor and then we'll be done!
First the backsplash tile gets installed and grouted. The backsplash is installed in my new favorite stack bond style pattern. I have them lay out the tiles so a joint is centered on the stove, which seems to be the most logical arrangement.Then the electrician comes back one last time to finish up a few final things including installing the microwave, the undercabinet lights and a dimmer for the kitchen can lights.
We bought stick-on LED lights for under the cabinets and they are very thin, so they will barely be noticeable (fingers crossed!). The electrician runs the wires behind the microwave so the plug is concealed in the cabinet above. Unfortunately after they are in we realize that they are slightly varying colors even though we ordered all the same item. Add exchanging these to our growing to do list. Ugh...
The replacement ceiling fan bracket (from weeks ago) randomly shows up in the mail so now we don't need the new ceiling fan we ordered, which will get returned (add that to the list). The replacement light fixture for Ed's music room also arrives and is installed.
Although we were really trying to avoid adding unnecessary things to the project (and budget), once I see how much space there is above the stacked washer/dryer I just have to ask the contractor to build in some shelves.
We end the week still waiting on the re-ordered end panel from IKEA, but hopefully it will show up next week and they can install it after they finish one more coat on the floors.
Estimated time for project: 12 weeks
Time remaining: 3 weeks
Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for installment #13 of Maggie and Ed's renovation.
(Images and diary text: Maggie and Ed Williams)