November 3, 2010
Courtesy of our friend and up-and-coming photographer, Joe Lu – I’m glad to be sharing the final pictures of our kitchen. It’s been the heart of the house throughly enjoyed through the many parties, get togethers and even cooking classes:) and I can’t help but feel lucky to be cooking in it every day.
December 16, 2009
In the final stretch! Cabinets have been installed, paneling of fridge, dishwasher and wine fridge has been beautifuly executed and the track lights now light the sleek, beautiful kitchen that’s ready to be broken into. Waiting for cooktop to get its gas hookup and plumbing to be done and we’ll be all set for Christmas! I gaga over our kitchen every night the last couple nights (*sigh*) - it’s so perfect! Mike picked up some great bargain-priced kitchen stools last night from IKEA – go Glenn and we had our first meal on the island last night of rotisserie chicken by Chicken Dijon. I must also gloat over the surprise gifts from Mike; my first Kitchenaid, Architecture series;) in Cocoa Silver as well as the digital scale to jump-start my cooking. I do have the BEST HUSBAND ever! (only if work work was little more hopeful and bright…) Gorgeous pix to be posted once it’s all cleaned up…Happy Holidays~
December 10, 2009
Don’t know what happened – the last post from 12.3 didn’t upload and ugh – I have to start all over again.
It’s going on week 2 since we moved in around the Thanksgiving weekend. We’re for the most part contained in the master bedroom without any kitchen or cooking until it’s fully installed. There’s been many snafus since kitchen installation including the following:
11/24/09 – Yay! Our Bulthaup kitchen has arrived! And so does the rest of our kitchen appliances including the fridge and dishwasher.
12/7/09 – Michelle from Bulthaup’s really concerned that the kitchen hood isn’t installed yet. I too think that Sean, our GC, is delaying the hardest project til the last. Little afraid. Start freaking out and urgently ask Sean to get going on the kitchen hood installation. Little tricky since it’ll be installed on a post and beam. Crossing fingers.
12/8/09 – Sean H. – our Bulthaup installer – is pissed that the drywall isn’t done correctly. The drywall dudes come and work until 11pm (goodbye privacy, hello drilling, noise and strangers). Crossing fingers that it’s done right the second time around. The hood installation seems to be successful. Look!~
November 5, 2009
Here’s the updated pic of our kitchen – TOTALLY torn up that it’s little scary. And to add a little drama – we stopped by the house over the weekend right when the plumber was on the kitchen floor digging and cutting through the slab. Of course, he accidentally cuts through some water pipe, where the water starts gooshing out all over the floor and he, in his little English-mostly-Spanish says, “Water? Stop!”…and none of us can figure out where the main shut off valve for the water is. After freaking out for what seemed like at least 20 minutes, his partner shows up, finds the main valve (which apparently is near the street) and all’s saved! For few minutes, we thought we were going to live in a soggy, swamp-land of a kitchen. Whew!
One of the blueprints of our NEW kitchen being labored…(July 2009)
With our new house
(new to us but needs a lot of work) – Chef Kelly gets a brand new, tv-ready, DREAM kitchen. And documenting the process~
The New Kitchen will be equipped with amazing, to-die-for, and mucho moola-but-worth-it Bulthaup B3 kitchen. Given that the Euros go on their vacation in August, it’ll take a while b4 the cabinets are here, but it’ll be beauuuuutiful! It was the first one I picked out in the design magazines and the one we both fell in love with – the quality and craftmanship and timlessness, unlike some of the other trendy Italian kitchen designers…And our designers, Michelle & Gaby are meticulous and just plain awesome!!!
Fun fact – while we were researching the vendors for the dream kitchen, I found some blogs that Brad Pitt has a Bulthaup too! Maybe he’s a closet cook too?! Also Emeril Lagasse, a legit cook – which is major props for our kitchen selection. And ya – I also heard that Eric Clapton has Bulthaup too…but dunno anything about him since his records days other than I like his music sometimes?
Hoping to have our Thanksgiving feast at our new kitchen by then – crossing fingers – Michelle/Gaby?;)
August 6, 2009 – A fire at Dornbracht factory in Iserlohn, Germany. A possible long (another) hiccup in getting our plumbing fixtures….tbd.
July 7th, 2009 – Let the demolition begin! The previous owner had awful, rickety cabinets with coats and coats of thick, old paint and acrylic cabinet pulls.
June, 2009 – Kitchen definitely needs a major overhaul. Closed off and not condusive for entertaining and cooking. Needs major update. Luckily, we were referred to Sean Icaza by our bestest friend, Jeff ^ ^ . Sean, a veteran general contractor in South Bay, is one of those guys who really gets it, our clean and modern style. We just showed him some pictures of what we wanted, eg., polished concrete floors throughout the house, and it’s like “yup – i know how to get that done”. Getting another GC to check out our house was a bit of a nightmare when he started talking about textured paint that looks like leather (on the ceiling!), and scratching his head when we mentioned concrete floors. We’re in good hands! Let’s just hope that things move smoothly and fast so that we can at least move into the house b4 fall! Sean rocks!