4/30/2015: Kitchen renovation — excavation

So they brought in a backhoe yesterday and laid waste to the backyard.  Ripped out the back stairs and small roof overhead.  Then dug out the perimeter of the new foundation (21×8′) — which is only 5-6′ deep since it will be a crawl space and not a full basement underneath the addition.

I’m kinda encouraged that they were able to bring in a dump truck with trailer and backhoe on top without crushing the driveway.  The real test will be today/tomorrow when they park the 80,000 lbs cement truck on the driveway and start pouring the foundation.

Pete’s been clear from the jump that I’m not allowed to use and/or touch power equipment. Did he talk to the guys at Star Quality Construction that did my front steps last summer?  I mean I thought me & Star Quality made magic together.  Not gonna kill you to leave the backhoe & keys overnight, is it Pete?  When I mix Coors Light and power equipment — wonderful things happen!


4/28/2015: Kitchen renovation — design

So we’re adding a 21×8′ addition off the back of the house to accommodate a new mudroom and half bath.  Also, going to open up the wall (a little) between the kitchen and dining room.  Here’s the new design:

Here’s the rear view.  Adding 2 more windows over the sink.  South-facing so it should let in a lot of light.  The new stairs will be wood — maybe trex?  I don’t know.

And side view.  Our lot is only 7,500 sq/ft — so we didn’t want to make the addition too big and ruin the backyard.

We don’t love the idea of a flat roof over the addition but didn’t have any other options.  We ruled out skylights after this winter.  Last thing we need is water damage you guys.

4/27/2015: Kitchen renovation – cost

So Management & I met with our general contractor, Pete Ekdahl, yesterday.  Kitchen renovation is gonna cost $112k you guys.  This is about what we expected.  We had estimates as high as $150k.

You might be saying whoa that’s a lot for a kitchen — this guy must be made of USDs.  (I’m not.)  We’re doing a 21×8′ addition off the back to make space for a mudroom and half bath. Pete says anytime you do an addition, the price is going to jump up because you’re dealing with foundation, framing, roof, siding, etc..  Makes sense.  We could have renovated the existing space for around $75k, but there wouldn’t have been room for the mudroom and half bath.

Here’s the existing floorplan.  With that stupid half bath next to the stove.