Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WIP - False Creek Remodel - Part 6

At last! The cabinets for the False Creek Remodel arrived on site Monday morning.  Steve (the installer) and I met as the cabinets were being brought in as we do for every job, just to make sure the cabinets are placed in the room in some sort of order.  This may not seem like a big deal, but it makes life so much simpler for the installer if he doesn't have to spend half the day trying to find the sink cabinet, or digging it out from a pile of wall cabinets.

We're very fortunate on this project in that we have lots of space in which to work.  Cabinets that aren't needed right away can be stored in the "living room" along with the kicks and crowns, and the installer's saw is set up without any impediments.  Trust me when I tell you, "a happy installer means a happy installation."

The majority of Day 1 is spent organizing cabinets, marking the cabinet layout on the walls and making sure all the parts have been shipped.  On this project we also have to build a "ladder-box" for the kicks.  Typically we use adjustable cabinet legs, but for this kitchen we've raising the cabinets and going with a 7" kick.  Did I mention the client is quite tall?  The raised countertop height will make using the kitchen that much more comfortable for him, and by raising the kick height we avoided additional costs for customizing the base cabinets.

So here's where we're at at the beginning of Day 2:

The new bathroom.  Notice the addition of a drawer to the bottom of the sink cabinet.  I like using this feature when there's only enough room for a small vanity as it gives much more storage space than if we tried to fit drawers in beside the sink.  Careful planning with your plumber is required for this application ... water lines coming up through the floor of the cabinet would present a bit of a problem!

The Foyer.  The pantry on the right nicely hides a conduit chase in the corner (the cabinet is only as deep as the notch on the side panel), and the wall cabinets (yet to be installed) will hide the plumbing chase above.  The cabinetry down below will provide seating while the client puts on the shoes he will store in the pantry.

The kitchen being assembled in what once was the den.  The aluminium pole you see in the middle of the room holds a laser level ensuring as close to perfect an install as possible.  Level cabinetry really comes into play when the countertops are installed.  Large sheets of quartz cannot be bent to accommodate cabinetry that's out of level. An ounce of cure equals a pound of prevention ... or something like that.

This is where the cooktop will eventually be installed.  The cabinet for the cooktop will be to the right of the tall skinny cabinet (which will hold spices and oils).  But I've shown this photo for a couple other reasons.  You'll notice there's a piece of paper taped to the wall.  This is the elevation for this wall.  Elevation drawings for the other walls are similarly placed.  It's a quick and easy reference for the installer, and it also helps the client visualize what's going on.

On the floor to the right of the skinny cabinet you'll see an example of a "ladder-box" kick.  Very simply its a box that from the top resembles a ladder.  The installer simply builds the ladder box based on the plans and then levels it.  Cabinets installed on the kick are now ensured to be plumb and level.  This system also allows services (electrical and gas in this case) to run beneath the cabinetry.

Countertops are scheduled to be templated later this week, and the flooring contractor will start work next week. Sometime this week I'll also be selecting paint colours for the walls ... pictures to follow!

WIP: False Creek Remodel is an actual remodel project of mine that I'm blogging in real time.  To see all the entries in this series just click the FOLLOW ME buttons at the top right of this page.  If there's any part of the project you're interested in, leave me a note in the comments section.


corgeous said...

I LOVE how you're deconstructing the process. We need more of this and much less fluff, because this is the hard work.

Arne Salvesen said...

Did you read the article by Jack Gold on using the iPad as a design tool? In it he talks about using Dropbox to share job files with his customers. His explanation:

"While I am allowing the client a sneak-peek into what goes on behind the scenes of their project - I am also inadvertently showing them the amount of work that goes into each project, and thereby justifying my value to them."

I hope to do the same here. You're right. This is hard work

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