So I bet you're wondering how we have dealt without a kitchen these past three months. There are a few methods - the obvious ordering out of food which can get quite expensive; generous friends who make dinner for us often; and then this:
Scary eh? I'm not just talking about my photography skills either. This room is actually our guest room. All that stuff in the left hand corner is everything from our kitchen and dining room. We have set up a temporary kitchen here which is challenging to say the least. We use the bathroom sink for everything, less than ideal. So how do we cook, you ask? Well you can see the microwave there, and then there's the refrigerator which is outside under our front porch. Of course it's in the middle of winter so you can imagine what it's like to go outside to get ingredients. More often than not, the food is frozen and that's where the microwave comes in handy.
Other useful tools, our friends the Slow Cooker and the Rice Cooker.
The Crock-n-Cooker is on loan and it's come in quite handy. The best dish so far was lamb stew. As for the rice cooker, you can cook a lot more than rice. Did you know that you can cook risotto in a rice cooker? Me neither!
Every day is like Christmas at our house, I'm so excited to get home and see what types of changes have come about with the house. Yesterday was all about the bathroom. As you can see the drywall has been put up. So no more open walls, it definitely makes a difference in the temperature for downstairs now that it's essentially sealed. The hole that you do see is for a bathroom cabinet that Paul made when he was in 11th grade. It will be over the toilet which isn't there yet. Next to that will be the sink. Our oirignal plans for the floor were to tile it, but a different tile from the dining room and kitchen. Instead we've decided to do a polished concrete floor which shouldn't be a problem since what you can see is concrete right now.
Here's a view of the boxed in skylight.
A view of the new window and the laundry hookups. The only complaint I have is that the washer/dryer will stick out in the doorway a bit. There's not much we can do about that beyond buying a washer that only fits one towel at a time (not an option) or rebuilding the whole room (again not an option).
As we near completion of the major reno work downstairs, more thought has been given to the appliances. The tricky part is finding the right fit along with all the other requirements - for the washer/dryer the fit is the major constraint. Of course the washer dryer we really want is for 220 volt and we only have 110 in our archaic little house.
And then the fridge, the one that came with the house scares me and I'm pushing for a new one - I'd like one that is not too deep, on the taller side (taller than the usual 69") and not too wide, I'd hate to sacrifice some valuable counter space when it's only the two of us. My one concern is dinner parties, and room in the freezer section.
Over the weekend, the removal of the hideous backyard cover happened. This thing was so bad, a piece of plywood from a near by building had landed on it one windy night and created a large hole that added to the ghetto-ness of the whole thing. It was put up by the prior owner in an attempt to keep the water from coming in the house. Now that we have a drain at the bottom of our new stairs to the backyard, there's no need to have this anymore.
Who would of thought that a door would be so exciting? But this door is special, it leads out to our backyard which we haven't been in for four months. What's also special is how it let's in a ton of light, something we desperately need in the basement.
From the doorway leading into the dining room, you can see the new closet for the boiler and hot water heater. Clearly its huge. It's not the most ideal layout but it was the most economical.
Because that room takes over a lot of space, we're going to knock down the fireplace shown here and create a dining room "nook." Yea, the fireplace is going, everyone should get over it now. :D Remember it's NYC, and that's taking up valuable space.
More to come, we are nearing the final stages of the contractors being in our house. Soon we're actually going to have to start doing some of the work. But for now, I'm obsessing over which refrigerator to buy.
Finally, I have gotten pictures together. These are about a week old, I have plenty more updates but want to show the progression. So without further ado....
The boiler has been removed from the fireplace.
And is now here. The idea is to have the stove go into the fireplace. It definitely opens up a lot more space so we can have a better planned kitchen area. We had to keep the boiler close to the fireplace in order to be vented.
Here's another view.
Otherside of the kitchen, contractors at this point are still working on the footing to support the new beams and floor.
Plumbing being redone in the bathroom/laundry room.
Part of the new floor of the kitchen, the wall is being shored up before beams are put in.
Work has started again on the house again. Remeber this crazy contraption? Well that's our boiler and water heater. It looks different now. I'll have pictures this weekend to share - right now they are tearing up the floor in the kitchen and moving the waterheater. The boiler has already been moved to the other side of that little wall on the right side of the picture.