Phase II of our multi-phase renovation is now officially complete. We could not be happier with the final outcome or the experience. I enjoyed this renovation so much I’d like to build a house. No need, just dreaming. Until such a time comes we now have a beautiful, entertaining friendly, living space, a dedicated home office and a dedicated playroom for Sara.
As promised in my last update here’s a shot of our blinds.
For those who have inquired I’m also including a night shot of the cabinets.
There are a number of people I need to thank. I doubt I’ll be able to convey the depth of my gratitude but they’ll get the point. First, my wife, Lori. We had numerous discussions and did vast amounts of research in order to make our decision to renovate instead of relocating. It is very clear to us already we definitely made the right decision.
On her own accord, Lori set-up a temporary kitchen in our garage. Honestly, I didn’t even consider a temporary kitchen. Prior to this she prepared a lot of meals and froze them for easy dinners during the project.
Incredibly, Lori survived working for 7-months in the smallest room in the house with all of Sara’s toys and frequently with Sara too. I don’t know how she did it but I am thankful she never had a nervous breakdown. She shared my vision and knew the circumstances were temporary. Last weekend Lori moved out of what is now Sara’s playroom and into her new office with views of the pool and canal.
There is a lot of project management in our line of work. Because of this we know a successful project starts with a successful plan. For this I owe thanks to our Architect, Mark Sever of Sever Design. Mark spent an abundance of time with us to understand our goals, objective and budget. Even after several plan revisions he stayed engaged, frequented the job site and assisted our GC in resolving various issues for the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Building Department.
Our fabulous new kitchen would not be if it were not for the expertise of Brenda Taylor of Out of the Box Cabinets. Lori nor I can wait for Brenda to see the final product in person.
Two of my best friends deserve thanks: Sloan Carr, Attorney at Law with Ira Marcus PA, and Steve Lustgarten of Westmount Builders in Raleigh NC. Sloan negotiated the contract between us and our GC. Steve served as a consultant during planning, convinced me to have patience and listened to my project updates while driving between his own job sites.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I will be forever grateful to have had Scott Foulke with Foulke Construction do our renovation from beginning to end. Scott exceed our expectations on all fronts. He knows his craft, has an incredible attention to detail, is fair, honest, caring and hard working. Frequently Lori and I relied on his judgment to make decisions for us. I’m glad we did. Supporting Scott were his crew, Austin, Adam, Nevil and his subcontractors. They deserve thanks for their tireless efforts and quality work.
My next update will include a link to the photo library.
Last week the backsplash was finished and the kitchen utilities were activated. Window treatments were installed too. Pix of the window treatments will be posted later. All that remains at this point is the balance of the electric trim out and minute details like paint touch up.
Saturday morning we woke up to water on the kitchen floor. Our GC and his plumber arrived immediately and determined the source to be a broken dishwasher solenoid valve. My guess is that the gaskets dried out from lack of use. We were fortunate the leak was slow and to once again have our GC’s assistance. Lori is thrilled as now she gets a new dishwasher. Perhaps she sabotaged the old one?
This weekend we moved out of the garage and pod. I can’t wait to have that thing removed from our front lawn. We moved less than 100′ and it was a reminder of how much moving is a PITA.
Yesterday the corrected countertops arrived. If you’re paying attention you’ll note this took nine business days. Apparently the supplier had little sympathy for our sense of urgency. No biggie, we survived and got what we wanted. The tops are beautiful.
In other news the carpet in Lori’s office was installed today and the painters finished earlier this week.
Next week we’re expecting the tile backsplash, plumbing and electric to be completed. We hope to move back in next weekend.
This past Friday our countertops arrived on time. However, they were fabricated with the wrong edge. This was neither our fault nor our GC’s. If we’re lucky the supplier will be able to expedite the reorder and install the correct tops well before another two weeks passes. We shall see.
The kitchen cabinets are beautiful. When I first saw just the boxes I was very concerned my expectations would not be met. I nearly gave Lori and Scott heart attacks. But, I tried my best to keep everything in check. Scott, as usual, was absolutely correct. The doors make the difference I was expecting.
Counter top templates were made today as planned. The counter tops should be ready in two-weeks. In the meantime the painters will be back Monday.
Oh and here’s a little more scope creep. I liked the tongue and groove cypress out back so much I had Scott’s crew install it over our front porch. This small change made a huge improvement. A new sconce and mailbox will complete the entry update to our remodeled home.
I’ve had an unknown challenge with WordPress the last few days. Whatever it was it seems to have resolved itself.
Last week the tile floor and stucco were finished. Both look amazing. This week the kitchen cabinets are being installed. Counter top templates are scheduled for this Friday.
Clearly I’m not cut out for weekly blogging. It is difficult to believe my last update was over 30-days ago. In reviewing the project pix the following has occurred since my last update: Electric, new HVAC ventilation, insulation, drywall, roof, & various inspections. That’s real progress with holidays in the middle too!
The stucco guys have started their work and the painters have started priming the interior. Late this week the tile guru is scheduled to commence his work. Cabinets should be installed in about three weeks from today.
Lori and I have visited the granite store several times. Countertop selections and options are overwhelming: colors, hardness, material, edge finish, availability, etc. I expect we will change our original granite selection to quartz which is more durable and requires less maintenance but is also more expensive than granite, of course.