It has been a full week of building. The kitchen cabinets are in, the plumbing has been started and is almost complete inside the house, another order of lumber was done for the bathroom siding, the ceiling under the loft and the remainder of the trim; the bathtub has been built and the fiberglass tub is ⅔ complete.
The kitchen cabinets went in beautifully. It was a bit of a tight squeeze in some spots, the wheel well boxes had to be shaved down in size and there are shims in places I didn’t even know one would put shims. The kitchen looks great. I was concerned that the house would feel smaller once the kitchen was in, but it doesn’t. I wanted to be sure that there was a good amount of storage and counter space in the kitchen, but that there is also enough space between the counters so that two people can work in the kitchen and so that someone can still get to the bathroom if someone is cooking. Mission accomplished! There is just about 3′ of space between the kitchen cabinets and the comfort of that space has been tested thoroughly as construction continues. It’s a great spot to work out the next challenge. I can feel the kitchen parties happening already.
A word about my countertop. I have decided to go with a butcher block countertop. Not the best choice weight wise, but a good choice as far as handling the stresses of the road. We took a field trip after my last post to visit a countertop supplier in Montreal. They had gorgeous options in all things countertop. They came in at twice to almost three times the price of Ikea for a solid wood butcher block counter. To see the Ikea countertop, I had to buy the countertop sight unseen with the exception of well-worn sample in the kitchen department. Another field trip to Ikea. After watching the stock for the countertops for a week, they were finally in stock on Good Friday. So off we went to find the store packed. We navigated through the maze of the showroom using as many shortcuts as possible to stand in a considerable line and wait to order the countertop. Once ordered, another journey to navigate through the rest of the showroom and then down to the stock floor and navigate out of the small items stock into the large item stock room to wait in a longer line to pay for the countertops. Then to the returns/merchandise pick up counter, where I took a number, with only 41 people ahead of me to find out that I didn’t need to pick a number, just stand and wait in front of a large screen to watch my order travel through three columns of received, being prepared, and completed. Fortunately, my order was automatically put in the queue when I paid and equally fortunate, I got another number about halfway through my first wait of 41 people, in case I had to return the countertops. I got the countertops and decided to return them, despite the long wait to see them. The joinery in the butcher block made for weak point that would be problematic in the road. There was a wooden table like the countertop in the As-Is department that was bowed out of shape. I highly recommend staying away from Ikea on a holiday or weekend if at all possible, unless you enjoy long lines and lots of waiting.