Demolition to Design!

Last month, Vestabul’s head designer worked out the layout for her kitchen renovation after finding out that asbestos removable had gobbled up a large portion of her renovation budget. It was now time to pick the finishes for the space. Since the contractor’s crew was on their way she also had to get the existing cabinets removed and draw up a mechanical plan.

Since the cabinets were going to be reused in the new layout, they needed to be carefully removed. No sledge hammers allowed! Scheduling in a full day she thought it should be no problem to get them all out and stacked in the basement leaving time to hang out on the deck and take in the view. She was wrong!  🙁  What should have been an afternoon’s work turned out to take up a full weekend. When the cabinets were installed a few years earlier, the installer had siliconed small white caps on to all of the screw heads! This meant that before a cabinet could be removed, the cap had to be pried off and the dried silicone chipped out. This was going to take for ever! But as you can see, she and her partner dove in and got at it.


By the end of the weekend the cabinets had been removed and stored. She decided to leave the microwave and the cabinet above it in place since it was remaining in that location and this would eliminate having to reinstall them. The floor was jack hammered out and removed early the next week in preparation for the contractor’s arrival.


The direction to the contractor was to remove the bulk head above the sink area, remove the glass block “window”, add a doorway from the hallway and upgrade the electrical throughout the space. The original wiring was aluminum and the fuse box was being replaced so this was the time to completely rewire the kitchen.

The mechanical plan for this kitchen was fairly basic because the plumbing, venting and range services were not moving. The electrician was instructed to rewire all of the counter plugs and the existing dishwasher electrical under the sink. Some additional switches were added along with two new ceiling outlets for the track system. The original light fixture would be replaced with a U-shaped track system using the existing receptacle. The location for the new doorway was specified to the hallway.


To efficiently rewire the kitchen, the backsplash area was cut out to expose the studs. This worked extremely well since pulling off the existing tile backsplash would have damaged the drywall in this area. The glass block and bulkhead were removed and the doorway was cut in. With this work completed, the designer could work on the finishes for her kitchen while the drywall installation got under way.


Producing a Mood Board helped finalize the finishes the designer wanted to use in her kitchen. The existing cabinetry was maple in a warm medium stain. This finish helped to define the rest of the room. With new wide plank fir flooring being specified for the entire renovation a stain needed to be chosen. Comparing a cabinet door to a variety of stained fir samples, a natural finish with no stain was specified. The tones of the natural grain in the fir picked up the cabinet stain and would be the perfect choice for the renovation. Additional finishes for the kitchen included the following:

  • Stainless Steel appliances (brand to be determined)
  • Corian solid surface counters in Witch Hazel (cream & white with a warm cabinet toned accent)
  • Corian integrated large single sink in Glacier White (highlighting the tones of the countertop)
  • Stainless Steel Blanco Diva Faucet
  • Brushed nickel modern cabinet handles (to replace original bronze hardware)
  • White and Off White subway tiles for backsplash (in a custom pattern)
  • Brushed nickel pendant lights (that connect into the track system)
  • White track and track heads (to blend into the ceiling)
  • Off white wall paint
  • Bright white crown moulding

With all of the finishes specified the designer produced a few colored renderings to confirm the overall look. It looked great so it was time to order the products!


The next step in the kitchen renovation is to complete the drywall and install the floor. Tune in next month to see how the custom floor goes from raw wood at the factory, to a luxurious installed wide plank floor.

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