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Punch List

I’m holding off posting pictures of where we are now because we are so close and I really, really want to have that BIG reveal.

Instead I thought I would list (in no particular order) our punch list. For those new to DIY (or home repair in general), a punch list, according to google, is “a document prepared near the end of a construction project listing work not conforming to contract specifications that the contractor must complete prior to final payment. The work may include incomplete or incorrect installations or incidental damage to existing finishes, material, and structures.” So basically, all the piddly (or not so piddly) stuff that comes at the end.

Still Left To Do:

Buy door trim/baseboard, paint, cut and install

Vent cover

Buy, stain and install thresholds

Caulk backsplash where caulk has shrunk (and dig out a bad spot I found yesterday)

Filler panel between fridge and over-fridge cabinet and under cabinets on either side of microwave

Filler pieces cut and installed for under microwave

Install paper towel holder and foil/plastic wrap holder on inside of sink cabinet doors

Adjust doors and drawers so that they are all perfectly level, then install soft close hinges

Electrician out to do finish electricity

Electric inspection

Drawer pulls (I finally gave in and bought a template because I just couldn’t figure out how to make one)(it arrives today, so this will be done today)

Figure out configuration of island interior (shelves on one side/drawers on other–depends on how electrical outlet will fit) and install drawers/shelves

Seal backsplash (today)

Outside: fix/replace trim/siding and an outlet from door installation

Return unused/unneeded stuff to Ikea

And that’s it! Some is just a few minutes. Some is fairly labor intensive. Other than the toaster and coffee maker (which is waiting on the finish electric) we are using the kitchen full time. I have about four boxes of stuff still in the living room to go into the island but that is also waiting on the electrician. Last weekend we finished the floor (!), put the stove back (can I get a Hallelujah!) and even put the table back. We ATE DINNER on Sunday night using the stove and the dinner table. It was WONDERFUL.

The biggest thing, for me, has been the transformation from a full time construction zone that had a makeshift kitchen to a full time kitchen that had a little construction. Many of the tools and tool bags are gone. The Shop Vac is gone (another Hallelujah!). The remaining tool bags are in the living room.

Yesterday we put the panels on the island and Jim installed the rest of the toe kick. It makes for such a finished look, especially against the floor. And today marks 17 weeks. The end is finally in sight!

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15 Weeks

The list of things left is still kind of long, but at this point everything we do makes a big difference.

Jim and Bennett had FTC Kick off yesterday and then Jim had to work, so nothing got done on the house. That was ok. Sometimes a day off is pretty good. Today (which is actually a whole day after 15 weeks) we got some important things done–although the range is STILL NOT INSTALLED.


Today we worked a lot on flooring, which was annoying, painful, exhausting and exhilarating. Flooring changes everything about a room. Really. As much as the cabinets and countertop. We also (because of the flooring) were able to install the refrigerator. It’s been in the kitchen, just off the the side where the kitchen table used to sit (and will, Lord Willing, one day sit again). Jim also did the toe kick under the pantry, which just totally finishes how it looks.

Here’s the proof:


Last weekend we finished the tiling and the grout (which looks impossibly amazing given the fact that neither one of us knew a thing about tiling!)

Here’s a close up from last weekend (before we did the faucet)


Also, please note the knobs! I figured out how to make a template all by myself! I used a DRILL ALL BY MYSELF (while Jim was at work even!). Such a sense of accomplishment!

Having water in the kitchen and a usable dishwasher is fantastic. It had been so long since we had a dishwasher I actually couldn’t remember how I used to load it! It was a little surreal.

This coming week we’ll be continuing on with the flooring. Once it’s under where the range goes Jim will hook up the gas and finally install it. And I’ll start baking! And making spaghetti and all sorts of lovely stove top/oven-y things! Yay!

Thanks for sticking with us in this incredibly long journey!


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14 Weeks

Today marks 14 weeks since we started. The end is actually in sight. Most of the interiors of the cabinets are in. The granite is in. Half of the backsplash is tiled. However, I can’t put the shelves or drawers in the island until the cover panels are on. I can’t put in the interiors of the cabinets to the right of the fridge in until we take off the fridge panel, take a bit off the bottom to fit the flooring, and then reinstall. Too much sawdust!

So, today I’m taking a day off the kitchen (I’ve worked on it every day this week so far!). It’s a little weird, I’ll admit!

This weekend we will:

  1. Tile stove wall, grout both walls
  2. Remove aforementioned fridge panels, cut a bit off the bottom and then reinstall.
  3. Install the drawers/shelves in two cabinets
  4. Install floor
  5. Get water working for dishwasher and hopefully sink.

If we have time:

  1. Install cover panels on sides of island
  2. Put in shelves and drawers in island

Busy and really productive weekend ahead!