The New Kitchen

The Old Layout Well, at long last, after a few false starts, some meddling from the NYC Department of Buildings, about four weeks of actual work, and slightly more money than was allocated, the kitchen is done. DONE. And all I could say… was nothing. Speechless. I was absolutely speechless (something quite rare, I assure […]

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Holy Cow!

After ten weekdays of hard work, the kitchen has been transformed from a narrow galley to an open plan with an airy feel. I can’t believe this is happening, and happening so fast! I really should mention that every day there are 4-5 guys here working their butts off, however. But what got me was […]

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Birth Pangs of a Kitchen

Wednesday, the oven and some of the base cabinets were put in place, though not really installed. That panel in the picture above goes alongside the fridge, to make it look like it’s a built-in. Things are advancing… I have to say, I didn’t realize how much I’d miss cooking. And paying for coffee, even […]

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Day Five (1st Signs of Progress?)

The entrance Day Five ended with a shocker: visible signs of progress throughout the kitchen. Granted, going from the utter destruction and devastation that had been present to something slightly better wasn’t difficult. Filled in electrical trenches How awesome, rough corners had been plastered over, and holes in walls had been filled in. Electrical boxes […]

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Day Four

Trenches for electricity Day Four of the Great Kitchen Renovation of 2008. Despite the crew’s best efforts, a thin veil of dust covers everything in the living room and bathroom, though our bedroom is thankfully unaffected (seemingly). Dust quickly clings to every inch of exposed skin the moment one ventures from the haven of the […]

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Day Three (the Dust Storm)

Day Three and now things got messy. The crew showed up around 10:15am (a bit late, grrrr…) but nonetheless they quickly erected big plastic sheets, opened the windows and installed fans to suck out all the mess they were making. Today, they’d be digging channels in the concrete for electrical wires as well as enlarging […]

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Day Two (or dude, where’s my kitchen?!)

The Work in Progress, 9am Day Two of the Great Kitchen Renovation of 2008 dawned cold and windy. Thirsty for my espresso, I stumbled blindly into the kitchen, or where the kitchen had been. Damn, forgot, I’m in the midst of a reconstruction. Luckily, my beloved Francis Francis X5 espresso machine was plugged in, but […]

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And so it begins (again)… Day One

The Old Kitchen, 2pm Well, after four months of delays and and false starts and waiting for permits, we finally got the go-ahead to start the Great Kitchen Renovation of 2008. It had begun four months earlier, when the first new appliance was installed, a Bosch Evolution 700 Series Range (which I have come to […]

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And so it begins…

The Old Range …The kitchen renovation, that is. Yes, after many years of putting up with a kitchen the size of most Americans’ shoe closets, I’ve decided to throw down the gauntlet. Time for a kitchen renovation… God help us. One of the first steps was to replace the old range, a GE model from […]

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