On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Kitchen Slowly Coming Back Together Again!

We have had a few bumps along the way but our kitchen is getting closer to being complete. The road has being rather bumpy.

Chapter 1:

Our dishwasher's handle broke. We might have been able to order the part and replace it, but since it was over 10 years old we felt that it might be best to just to buy a new one. After a week's wait our dishwasher finally got delivered. We asked Steve (our plumber) to come in and swap out the dishwashers prior to our countertops being installed. The install was a little difficult, but Steve managed all the obstacles that this old house threw his way. After some maneuvering we managed to get it in place without scratching our floors. We ran it through a cycle just to make sure everything worked okay. Everything was going fine until it got to the dry cycle, that is when we got an error message. I got on the phone with the manufacturer right away and they gave me the names of two companies that I could call. I called and a repairman came a couple days later. Well lets just say that I was not very impressed with the guy. The first thing he wanted to do was pull out the dryer without protecting the floor. I asked him to stop while I went and fetched a piece of cardboard. I am not sure what his experience level was, given that the next thing he did was call the manufacture's techline. They told him that he had to replace the lower fan. When I noticed that he was wearing brand new workboots with the tags still attached, I decided to call Lowes and see if they would just replace the whole dishwasher. They agreed to do so, but we would have to wait another whole week for a new one to get delivered. So far the second one is working just fine.

Chapter 2:

Less than a week after our dishwasher broke, our wall oven decided to call it quits too. The weird thing is that a couple of days later it decided to work again. So we are crossing our fingers that it will hold out a bit longer, our budget can certainly not afford to replace all the things that have been breaking down lately.

Chapter 3:

June 12 was supposed to be the big day, we would finally have countertops. Unfortunately, a piece of one of our templates got lost during shipment and they cut one of our countertop pieces a foot and half too short. So they were unable to complete the job. They did rush the production of a new one and they were ready to install this past Monday, but unfortunately LD and I were both pretty busy at work and I could not take the day off until Friday.

Chapter 4:

The installers were here first thing Friday morning, and they got everything done by noon. We had arranged for Steve to come by and reinstall the plumbing, and he showed up but the installers told us that the sink had to sit for at least 24 hours before anything was reconnected. So Steve agreed to come back on Monday. We have been out of a kitchen sink for over two weeks, so a couple more days was not going to kill us.

Chapter 5:

After finally deciding to spray our cabinet doors in the backyard, we got them sprayed this weekend (we were blessed with no rain). I am now brushing the topcoat on the edges, which we did not get very well with the sprayer. As soon as we get the hinges cleaned up, the doors will go back up.

Chapter 6:

Steve came back today to install the garbage disposal and get our new faucet connected. We finally have a working sink! We were so excited about finally being able to cook a decent meal in our kitchen, that we bought some steaks to grill. It was one of the best home cooked meals we have had in several months.

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