So we’ve shown off the classic “Before & After” views of the Unicorn Remodel, and aside from the sort of obvious underlying message of “it cost a lot of money to get that done”, there’s not much pain and suffering present. We fully put forth that no one cares about how miserable a remodel they weren’t part of was, but we also fully put forth that it’s impossible not to be fascinated about the process of your own remodel, so here’s the post where we talk about the behind-the-scenes stuff.
So we’re currently living the good life, with an opulent kitchen of limitless surface and storage space, but it hasn’t always been so. Recall, the old stove set-up:
Well, it got worse:
That was part of our “fully functional early-in-the-remodel” kitchen, back during the early rounds of last year’s playoffs. Notice the vast expanse of counterspace! For all our prep-work needs, we had a handy bit of peninsula counter around the jury-rigged sink our contractor left in place for us:
(And I should mention that the single most annoying part of a kitchen remodel is living sinkless. We did a full remodel in our last house, too, and during that job we had our stove and oven the entire time, but went 12 weeks without a sink. This time around we lost our oven early on, but had a sink for all but two days of the three-month span of big-time construction and installation. Living without a sink is a billion times worse than having no other appliances. So in that regard, this whole affair was as painless as is humanly possible.)
It was with this kitchen in place that we harvested our first crop of mesclun last Spring, and tried our hand at our first bit of food styling with a homegrown salad and some fresh-squeezed lemonade:
It brings a tear. I really miss that subflooring.
But as bad as that cut-out piece of oven/stove cabinetry was, it quickly got worse:
When your stove is on sawhorses, there’s really not much to be done with it other than this:
The cats knew they could walk all over everything because, while the kitchen itself wasn’t beating us down, the dining room was.
It’s all well and good to have a stove and a sink for the 12 weeks of construction, but the thing that eats at your soul is having your fridge in your dining room and your kitchen turned inside out and dumped out in there as well. By the time this job was done we didn’t care so much about being able to cook as we did about being able to put all that crap away.