I started my vacation yesterday. I’m not going anywhere or doing any normal vacation type activities though.
This is a project vacation.
Probably the most fun I’ll have all summer.
5 whole days of not having to do anything but work on my projects! Woe to anyone who tries to get in the way or get me to go anywhere. (got that honey?)
Mike is away at work all day and golf at night.
That leaves me until 8:30 pm every day to myself and my projects. Heaven!
Technically it’s 9 days if you count the weekend before and after, but those always have other
obligations interruptions activities planned for me. Like graduation parties (2 coming up this weekend) and golf tournaments, couples golf, and dinner with the parents, and with the kids, and so on and so forth until it just doesn’t make sense to get started on anything. If I were to count on weekends alone to get anything done, well, I wouldn’t.
So, what am I working on?
Well, one big project and part of another big project is the plan.
Although, with one day already down I may have to re-think the 2nd project.
First of all, the outdoor kitchen for my husband is my main focus this week. I want it done before the 4th of July, and to make that happen I’ve already started planning a big party for that day.
Just because I need some pressure and a deadline.
And what the hey, isn’t that what you do when you want to get a project going?
The second project involves installing a pre-finished hardwood floor at my daughters house. For Christmas I promised her a master bedroom redo. She has this attic room with a half bath in it that she wants to use as the master bedroom. It’s pretty large, running the entire length of her house. It’s separated into 2 parts, with a sitting area in the first part near the stairs, then the bathroom on the right, leaving a narrow hall to walk thru to get to the sleeping area. The floor up there is just a plywood subfloor, the ceiling is pretty low at the center (7ft) and the knee walls are really low, like 4 ft. A lot of the floor space can’t be walked on because there is no head room.
So we made a plan to add some built in storage in the knee wall area to make the space more useable. A dresser, closets, bookshelves will all be incorporated into that wall.
The king size bed will be on a low platform, and the night stands will be built in (attached to the wall) on either side of the bed. Think of a Microtel hotel room.
The laundry hamper will be built in too.
So, this week I plan to frame out the storage walls and then lay the hardwood floor. (Have to do the framing first because I don’t want to have to lay hardwood in that area.)
After I finish Mike’s outdoor kitchen.
Don’t say it.
Why do I try to pack so much into such a short time?
I dunno. Could be that a whole week of working on projects seems like a lot of time in theory when you’re dreaming about it.
If you’re a dreamer.
So, let’s just see what happens, shall we?
No in progress pictures yet, but I’ll show you my very technical kitchen drawing. ;)
Ok, so blueprints are not my strong point.
The dark double lines are the 2x4 framing.
The 42 inch high counter at the bottom is the eat at bar. It will have L brackets to hold it up.
The gas grill has been ordered and should be here on Friday.
I plan to re-use our existing round Weber charcoal grill, that will go in the 23” circle opening.
Budget for this project:
$1000 for the grill and accessories
$500 for building supplies and barstools
$500 for countertops
That was what we set aside when we started talking about this project.
A friend of ours just had an outdoor kitchen installed.
It was $15,000.
But, it’s done and he is getting to use it already.
While ours is still just a plan on a piece of paper.
Well, that is going to change right now!
Some Before photos….
It’s not pretty.
But necessary so you can get an idea of the space.
I cannot believe I’m posting these, this area is so neglected and embarrassing. We really just walk thru this space to get to the gazebo in the yard. No time is ever spent here. But that is about to change…..
This photo shows the basic layout of the new kitchen. I tried to set up some pieces to get a general idea of how the space would work.
Anyone know how to keep weeds from sprouting in between the bricks? It can’t involve chemicals because of the dogs.
The Chiminea is going to my daughters house. I’m hoping to incorporate some of the
junk building materials you see against the wall.
As a matter of fact I plan to use a lot of junk in this project!
Stay tuned for updates….