After about four months on the road, Ava and I finally landed in Missoula, MT in early January. Since then, we've been busy starting a complete kitchen remodel project along with a few other "adjustments". The existing kitchen is sub-beautiful and has three small, ugly doors through which access can be obtained. We are changing this to one ugly door and one 6-ft wide opening (technically through the dining room). The before pictures are below.
|1978 vintage kitchen sans range|
|Closet/pantry on the right is getting obliterated|
|At least the doors match the cabinets|
My biggest project to date has been taking out a wall and the aforementioned closet to create a 6-ft wide opening from the living room to the dining room, complete with robust 2x8 header.
After a fair bit of work and steady acquisition of tools, I decided I needed a workbench. Using mostly 2x4's donated by the previous wall and closet, I constructed one in the basement. Future projects should prove much less awkward, and tools much easier to find.
We've got about a month left before I leave on a 3-month NOLS course, so we'll see how much progress we can make before then. I'll try to post periodic updates as milestones are reached during the process.