C’est pas possible! Non! It just can’t be! – – Oh Yes, it is!
Oui, after over a year of waiting, after endless staff meetings, after adjusting plans and schedules, after resigning ourselves to the fact that it just would never happen, and finally, after living part time in El Camino Del Monte and part time in a house in utter upheaval, the contractors have completed their work. Now it is up to the weary and ragged SFH Test Kitchen staff members to organize a renovated kitchen, removing all construction debris, dust, and dirt, and bringing the soon-to-be-world famous test SFH Test Kitchen to a new level of excellence. – – Truly, it is a task most formidable!
To tell what had to be done and what remains to do is a story far too long for a single post. So, I will give you just the first taste here and then follow up with more detail in subsequent posts.
Here a just a few pictures of how the kitchen looked the morning after the contractors completed their work.
Below, I have painstakingly listed the major changes to the kitchen and have provided the purpose for the change or the upgrade. It will demonstrate that this renovation was not founded on a plan without a purpose.
SFH Test Kitchen Renovation
|Uninstall, repair, and re-install 2 wall cabinets||Ensure safety & integrity; increase storage capacity|
|Install new handles on all cabinets||Match other fixtures and improve uniformity|
|Install new slides on all drawers||Restore full functionality|
|Remove hood fan and replace with under cabinet lighting||Provide a more open cooking area with improved lighting|
|Install under-cabinet lighting under all cabinets||Improve lighting for countertop working areas|
|Install wafer light over sink||Provide dimmable LED lighting for sink and adjacent work areas|
|Install additional 20 Amp circuit||Upgrade capacity for operating electrical appliances|
|Install 3 new GFCI outlets above kitchen counter||Increase number of areas for electrical appliances and ensure safety|
|Install subway tile backsplash above kitchen counter||Improve backsplash surface and add feeling of openness|
|Paint kitchen walls, ceiling, and trim||Lemon Twist Yellow replaces darker color adding to brightness|
|Repaint all kitchen cabinets||Brighten up surfaces which haven't been painted for almost 10 years|
|Build custom corner cabinet||Provide storage for all electrical appliances and other kitchen items|