Archive for the ‘Remodel Realism’ Category

Precautions for Soffit Removal

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

The kitchen soffit is the “filled-in” section above the cabinets, going up to the ceiling. If you're planning to tear out a kitchen built between 1950 and 1980, there's a good chance you'll also be tearing out a soffit.

Brace yourself: this could get ugly.


Keep on the Sunny Side of Remodeling

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Striving for that elusive “just so” style becomes a never-ending quest, which can be enjoyed if you don’t stress out about actually attaining it. There is always a better fixture, more complimentary tile and matching shade of paint somewhere if you keep looking.

Highly recommended essay from Alan at Vail Daily on his own kitchen remodel.

Tip for Kitchens with Old Drawers

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Old kitchen drawers have quirks.

You know. There's that narrow one with the little catch when it's halfway out and the big one that you have to kick to get all the way back in.

And then there's that wonderful “binding” action where you have to maintain perfect straightness or it grinds to a halt.

Yes, this too is an important part of the human experience. But here's a tip from a friend that might help a little. (more…)

Why Remodeling is More Stressful for the Wife

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Great insight from Jeff Opdyke:

So I see this experience as a lesson learned: When it comes to remodeling — and our kitchen is next — never equate your spouse's silence with acceptance. Your passion about a project may overwhelm your partner into submission.

Another really huge point brought out by Amy Opdyke is that nearly all of the “enforcement” fell on her shoulders.

Not only did she have to deal with workers in the house each day, deal with the short-notice questions of preference that came up, take innumerable trips out for small parts and whatnots, but worst of all she had to… (more…)