We have been in Arizona for a full 3 weeks as of today, but haven’t taken part in a lot of our regular activities. Sylvia has been kayaking, and I have been drafted onto a Softball team, but we have not been hiking yet, and have only been out on the Pickleball courts a few times, as we just haven’t had time.
The reason our time has been at a premium is that we decided to do a kitchen renovation in our place. We got tired of having a refrigerator that opened directly into our bathroom. That, and the fact I had to take the doors off of the unit to move it out of it’s enclosure were definite minuses.
This is a look at our original layout. Since we built the addition, our living area is in the Arizona room, and our dining table is where the carpet is shown in this rendition. Our thought was that we could move the fridge from it’s spot facing the toilet to the push-out where the little table is shown and then put a cabinet in that location. Our friends, Dana and Debbie just happened to be renovating their own kitchen this summer, and just before we went back to Canada in the Spring, I made arrangements for them to deliver a 36 inch upper and lower cabinet delivered to our place in case we got serious about doing the renovation.
Within hours of arriving here I had pulled off the fridge doors, moved the brute and placed the lower and upper cabinet in place just to see how things looked.
We decided almost immediately that this was going to work for us, and dove in with both feet, which has cut into our playtime quite a bit. It has resulted in the local building supply stores being quite familiar with us though.
We soon had both cabinets permanently mounted and a temporary counter installed. I then started to remove the window behind the fridge and run an electrical line for the new fridge location. Someone in the resort wanted the window and the blind which worked out well for us. With all the windows we have in the front of our place, we really aren’t going to miss this one. The blind on it was always down anyway.
The next project was to remove the 18 inch compact dishwasher and move the end of the cabinet a few inches to accept a regular sized 24 inch unit.
As the existing cabinets had so many extra trim parts and panels, I just had to remove a couple of useless panels and add a new end piece a couple of inches further out to make enough room. I really didn’t have to move the wall all that much considering the new unit is 6 inches wider than the old one. This meant the fridge could be closer to the cabinets than we thought leaving us more room for yet another cabinet on the other side, thanks to Deb and Dana’s extra pieces. That’s next week’s project.
While we were changing out the Dishwasher we decided to replace the rest of the 13 year old appliances, and picked up an LG appliance package from a local store. These were delivered on Friday afternoon, and the Microwave was installed that afternoon, the Stove was working on Saturday afternoon and after a few more trips to the local hardware stores, the dishwasher and ice maker are now plumbed and operational, with all leaky connections retightened once (or twice).
Other than a couple of trim pieces and the new pantry cabinet, the kitchen is fully ready for use. Now we need to get a quote on getting the cabinets painted so everything matches, and another quote on new countertops to finish everything off.
In the meantime, I think we will start playing all the sports and activities we came down here to enjoy.
Until next time.