In this special Sunday edition of the remodel that is almost done, Jacquela and Steven discovered that the dishwasher is installed. We missed it, distracted by all the other bright shiny distractions.
For the first time, we are able to confirm that we will in fact be able to stand at the sink, alongside the dishwasher, pull open the drawer for plates or cutlery opposite the dishwasher, then easily unload the dishwasher straight to the drawers, just a short reach away — almost like we planned it.
The other big activity for this visit … Jacquela and Steven measured the interior of each drawer in the kitchen and all the bathrooms. As a result, we believe we need 230 linear feet of shelf liner to protect the drawer bottoms.
Jacquela and Steven traveled to Ikea today, purchased several kitchen storage inserts, transported it all and ourselves back to Emerald Hill, and took the inserts for a test drive.
Above, Jacquela uses the LED on Steven’s cellphone to light the kitchen — because power is not yet connected, and it’s the early dark of a winter’s day. We confirm that two 15-inch wide utensil trays do in fact sit side by side comfortably in the 30.25-inch-wide storage draws for knives, forks, spoons and other utensils.
Early start to walk the house with Ron Dahlke from Ranserve, prepping for the week ahead and closing out this week.
Above, with temps in the high 30s, Ernesto works in short sleeves, building out the forms for the walk along the side of the house to the kitchen door, then turning 90 degrees to pace out to the driveway. Concrete for these pads is scheduled for the week of 28 December.
Saturday morning. Jacquela and Steven meet at Emerald Hill with Aaron Pratt from Central Texas Custom Cabinets to discuss how to install the Ikea pulls — vertical or horizontal — on specific cabinet doors in the kitchen.
Before Aaron arrives, Steven and Jacquela slice open a package or three with help from Bani, one of Aaron’s expert cabinetmakers. Then we try different positions and orientations — vertical at the middle of the tall door, vertical at the top of the tall door, horizontal at the top of the tall door, horizontal at the bottom of the upper door, vertical at the side of the upper door, how far from or close to the corner of the door, or in the middle of the door.
By the time Aaron arrives, we’ve decided to go with vertical on the tall pantry cabinets, lower and upper doors, positioning the pulls one inch from the corner of the door panel. At the sink, however, and at one door opposite the microwave, we elect to position the pulls horizontally, in the middle of the top line of the door, aligning the pulls with everything else nearby — creating a consistent pattern, with horizontal pulls for all lower cabinets and vertical pulls for all upper cabinets.
Steven observes — It is bizarre to so extensively debate something as mundane as a cabinet handle for a whole hour, but it is also a significant measure of how close we are to finishing the house that we spent an hour debating how and where to install cabinet handles.