Monday, December 17, 2012

The Calm before the Stone...

Just because I suck at posting, doesn't mean things aren't happening.  What I thought was going to be a big week on December 3rd, kind of got kafluggled.  Last week, however brought some big happenings.... Foreman Luke is still promising to deliver by this Friday - - and I'm going to take him at his word.  Today we got "water" in the sink - - which I will post tomorrow when I take some more photos -- but last week the whole thing really started to gel and it looks like a "room" more or less...
 
The first notable achievement of the week was our big beautiful Chagny made it up from the garage to the kitchen.  Luke and Dan carried her (sans doors and anything else that could be removed before hefting her) around the back and in through the door.  They did this while I went to drive carpool.  I think it was done then so I wouldn't hear them crying like a couple of little girls that, "it's SO heavy!!"  They also brought up the dishwasher - - which you will see in subsequent photos.  They reported that this was lighter and easier to maneuver.  Go figure.

There she is!!  Ready to be pushed back in to her perfect place in the stove nook!

So, after a week of fiddling here and fiddling there -- we sat ready on Friday morning for the boys from fox to come and deliver the counter tops.

Tall wall, minus the fridge and freezer....

Island with our super cool bar block back on top!  Edges protected...

Sink wall (see the dishwasher - - just taunting me now every time I do dishes in the laundry sink downstairs..)

front of island - - see where all the drawers fit in to the bar block?  It even has a place on the far right for our kitchen radio...



The stove wall ready to accept its counter top.  Stainless back splash still covered for protection.  Also, note that the stove hood was recessed in to the upper cabinet as it was intended.  Thanks Dan!

Just before the counters arrived, the teeny tiny cabinets that fit above the fridge and freezer arrived and Dan hung them up.  Can't wait for tomorrow when Miele comes a' calling again to deliver and install the fridge and freezer.  Ooooh-weee!
 
And then, through the rain came the Fox guys and our stone was here!  I was like a little kid on Christmas morning.  George the Elder and I had already met with them to determine how our VERY large piece of granite would be sliced in to pieces for the counter tops.  Who knew there was very sophisticated software to help you with this?  In the end, they got it just right.  Black splotches positioned perfectly.  Blue twinkley spots shining in the sunlight.  A site to behold.
 
 
First slab gets laid down in the corner of the stove nook.

Second slab is glued in to place and the protection is peeled back to reveal the amazing stainless behind it.


The island, the sink counter, and the back splash are all put in to place.
 
And as the sun began to set here in San Francisco, the boys had all cleared out, and stools that we ordered for the island had just been delivered - - I couldn't help myself, so I removed the plastic morgue door at the top of the stairs and looked down on my emerging kitchen-new....
 
 
The first view of our kitchen-new from the top of the stairs.  Love it.  Really Love it!

Note how the radio was the first thing installed in the bar block?  The construction guys love having music while they work!


The protection was peeled back from the stainless and I like how the lights from the stove hood and the under cabinet pucks reflect.  The stove was pushed back in to place and it's looking amazing right there.

Just another view of the island and stove area.  So pretty!

The sink counter complete with our enormous sink and the casing installed around the very very large kitchen window!

More of the sink counter.
 The weekend started with this as my last site of kitchen-new.  We are happy, happy, happy.  Monday morning brings lots of little things being taken care of.  Five days and counting....


3 comments:

Molly~ said...

Are those fridge drawers in the island bottom of just drawer drawers? Fabulous space. Hard to imagine what you'll do with so much counter space in comparison to what you had!!!

wendy wisniewski said...

Just drawers. Our fridge is going to be 30" wide - - just fridge space! We're going to put pots and stuff in the bottom island drawers.

Anonymous said...

Loving it!!! Invite me over when it's done!
Tamara