Last updated on June 2nd, 2018
Dear Diary: A hurricane hit my kitchen today, as three (and sometimes four) contractors hustled to finish off the renovation project. The project won’t be truly finished until the Lyra quartz counter top is templated, ordered, cut, and installed. Still, it’s nice to have a semi-functional kitchen! What the A-Team accomplished today:
Crown moulding was applied to the upper bank of cabinets…
And a microwave oven was installed. This is my first-ever wall-mounted microwave! I feel like Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Head Honcho Mark Wagner equipped my trusty old work-station with two electrical outlets (one on each side). Mark also honored my request to arrange the electric line so that I can safely re-position the station as needed for food photography and videos without fear of breaking the attached electrical wires.
Then came the double wall ovens! These, too, are a first for me. And here again, Mark honored my special request: to raise the ovens so that the top window is centered, more or less, at my eye-level.
Oh. The ovens are terrifically heavy. Installing them required 2 men and 1 woman. The woman is Mark Wagner’s wife, Margaret. I would have helped, too, but I was afraid I’d spill my martini.
I gave both ovens a trial-run last night, and they heated to temperature very quickly. The oven fans — at least at the non-convection setting — were no louder than a whisper.
Also installed was the new gas cook-top. I selected this model because its control knobs are located on the side. Front knobs can be dangerous when you live with a counter-surfing pooch.
The pooch in question.
As a special surprise, Lowe’s hooked me up with a temporary sink…
And a plywood counter top. True, it’s a thin counter, but I’m happy to have it. The Lyra quartz counter will be templated on May 17, and installed — I hope — the following week.
Thanks so much for keeping me company during this kitchen
upheaval update. Your comments mean the world to me!