On April 28, the back splash was started. So many of the 1" tiles were cattywompus and had to be removed from the backing and straightened. There were so many electrical plugs, switches, cable and phone jacks to tile around that this job actually lasted three days. Grouting and sealing lasted another day. I kept asking Mike if he hated me yet. In contrast, the floor took a day and a half to put down, not counting the underlayment. Lots of cuts on the floor tile, also, because I asked them to lay it diagonally.
never level and while I didn't hate it, I mentioned it might be time for a new range. The cost of the kitchen to date was mentioned so I dropped the subject. One afternoon two weeks before the end of the project my husband came home saying "I had a great idea on the way home". His great idea was to order a new range. So I did. Our fridge was already bisque (which is the new name for almond but it's a much lighter color than almond) so now all of our appliances match. He was sure I wanted stainless but to get the light and airy look I was going for, stainless would have been a little heavy. All of the stainless ranges I looked at had an industrial look, not my taste at all.
Here you can see the two shelves for my appliances and my new range hood. I am so very pleased with the result. Everyone did a splendid job and we've recommended Mike and Pat to several people looking for a contractor. While they were here, they put in a corian window seat in our living room bay window. The gentleman who measured for the seat didn't do a very good job. The slab arrived too long in one direction and not wide enough in the other. Pat and Mike filled in with trim that was meticulously stained to match the existing trim and made the seat fit. My husband can't stop looking at it. The corian covered a plywood base that had been water stained and was really ugly. They also replaced our front door. We went from plastic trim to a beautiful Albany door with a Pella storm door. Our door is a single door with the windows to the left and right. I ordered a brushed nickel sand cast dragonfly door bell which lights up from underneath. As an afterthought, we asked them to replace the french door that led from our dining room to the deck. It was badly installed, the trim was pulling away from the wall, it let in air and asian beetles and the sliding screen was open a half inch at the top so every wasp in the world found its way into our home when the door was open. We now have a new Pella sliding patio door with a screen that is bug tight. As soon as we replace our garage door we will be finished with every major job around our house. We will have little stuff left. As those of you who own homes know, you are never finished with jobs around the house, but we can rest easy that all the improvements we've made have increased our home's value and will last because they were done by professionals who take great pride in their work. If you live in Central Illinois and are looking for a contractor, please e-mail me and I will give you Mike's particulars. We recommend him whole heartedly. Thank you for following me on this journey.