Category Archives: Kitchen and Bath Renovations

The Kitchen Diaries, the Final Chapter: It’s finished!

Dear Mike…Before and After.  You must have thought the whole project imploded or exploded or something, since it's been so long since I provided an update.  Well…whatever.  Things inched along, and then rapidly moved to completion, and it has been … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Diaries, pt. 11 – Some Real Progress!

Dear Mike…we finally have some progress!  As you can see in the photo on the left, the tile has been laid in the kitchen (and the bathroom), complete with the underfloor heating.  The electrician has even hooked up the heating … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Diaries, pt. 10 – Time slips by…

Dear Mike…tomorrow we will be heading into week 9 of our kitchen and bath reno.  I don’t mean to sound impatient, but this is not a nine week job and it doesn’t show any signs of getting done any time … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Diaries, pt. 9 – Neat New Stuff

Dear Mike;  I’ve been away from the house for four days on a bit of a vacation.  Two days in Vancouver spent going to an excellent Lyle Lovett concert, and to the Monty Python-esque musical Spamalot the next evening.  Then … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Diaries, pt. 8 – Time To Catch Up

Dear Mike, how’s this for a before and after?  The photo on the left is our kitchen, looking straight through to the bathroom.  The photo on the right is basically the same view, after the drywallers came in today and … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Diaries, pt. 7 – The Sky is Falling!

Dear Mike, our kitchen and bath reno is starting to look more and more like an episode of Holmes on Holmes.  Every time another step forward is taken, there is a little discovery that adds to the time taken to … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Diaries, pt. 6 – A Lull in the Action

Dear Mike…I like it how on your show you diagnose the problem, bring in your crew, gut, renovate and finish, all in one hour.  I should realize, having done some television production myself, that an hour-long reno on TV can … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Diaries, pt. 5 – Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Dear Mike;  I don’t want to say that this kitchen and bath reno is going to proceed at a snail’s pace, but the term ‘Slow Food’ does come to mind when I think about when the project will be completed. … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Diaries, pt. 4 – What, no cappuccino?

Dear Mike:  Take a good look at this.  It’s the last existing photo of the kitchen in its ‘before’ stage.   The demolition started in earnest yesterday….with Gerry and Jesse knocking down the wall, electricians Rod and Cal removing all the … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Diaries, pt. 3

Dear Mike;  Kitchen Reno lesson number 1.  Be patient.  I thought our kitchen was going to get demolished today.  Wrong.  The contractor and his lead ‘demolisher’ turned up today to get the lay of the land and do some more … Continue reading

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