The countdown continues. As many of you know there is a kitchen addition and renovation in our future. We are chomping at the bit – just waiting for the remaining three feet of snow to melt and the ground to warm up so that a bobcat can come into the yard and drill piles for our deck and addition.
I hate to think of the condition of the yard once that is done.After the piles are drilled and poured we will be digging down a foot and a half (by hand) and laying 4×8 foot sheets of foam insulation directly on the ground. This is apparently an age old technique for protecting foundations from frost heaving / damage – something that is very important in our part of the world.The contractor will then begin the demolition of the porch you can’t see and the little kitchen nook you see at the back on the photo at the left. This was a pantry at one time and the people who owned this home for 80 years created a space to do cooking and baking. (We added the other counters five years ago because there was nothing else in the kitchen) Unfortunately it was never insulated so during really cold months we have to remove everything liquid from the cupboards because the bottles and their contents will explode to bits.
The only counter that existed in this entire kitchen is what you see on the second picture – it has a a tin counter top with a back splash that is higher than the window casing. The counters on the side where we have appliances are a mere 16 inches wide. There are sliding doors above and below and boy- are they noisy – not to mention they always fall out of their tracks. We still have the original flour and sugar bins that we use for plastic bags and dog food. We had to put our dog food in a plastic container rather than in the metal insert after we found bugs crawling through our dog’s food! The nice thing however is that we get to see exactly the hardware that was used so it makes it a breeze to choose new hardware (these have been battered about and there aren’t enough to do the new kitchen). It’s really quite amazing to have an authentic, complete 1912 kitchen – but it’s time we moved into the 21st century.We are in the process of choosing cupboards etc. I’d love to go with a glazed finish but our electrical quote came in at almost 2 and 1/2 times what we expected. It’s always about money. The door style will be plain, painted solid maple (seems a shame to hide beautiful maple with paint but it apparently has the best surface texture for painting). The counter top will be a solid surface product (Corian) that is as close to soapstone as can be. We have no dealers of authentic soapstone in this part of the country. Everything has to be shipped from Quebec – a long ways. Besides I wasn’t that crazy about the sample I saw of the real thing. And quite honestly I don’t want to have to treat my counter top like fine furniture. Any advice for me?