The last pictures I shared were all of the demolition. Since then walls went in, and floors.
It was funny, too, because on the way home with Quinn that day he told me he wanted to make something with perler beads as a gift for someone, and I told him that was fine because we could just untape the plastic cover in the craft area and reseal it. But, uh,...no. I tried to squeeze past the boxes enough to liberate some supplies, but I ended up suggesting to Quinn we sew his friend something instead.
The lower cabinets all went in first, and eventually the upper ones and the new island.
And now we have lights! They added a whole bunch of can lights in the ceiling which are nice and bright. There will be lights above the counters, we reused all of the old fixtures in new places, and there is a new light for above the island. (My kids voiced concern that it was too much light, but I told them their dad and I are the ones who have to live the longest with the kitchen and more light as we get older is a good thing.)
What else... The drawer handles went in. Knobs for the doors are on the way. The anti-slam feature on all the drawers and cabinets is great. Quinn keeps trying to slam things but to no avail.
The added bonus to gutting the kitchen has been to move things like light switches, etc. All the switches downstairs in our house are in weird places--usually at the wrong end of a room from where you enter it, behind a door, or in another room entirely. The switch for the kitchen light used to be across the room by the basement door, but now in addition to that one we have one right where you enter the kitchen. So, we'll be able to turn on the light before entering the room. What a concept. The switch for the light in the breakfast nook is at the front of the breakfast nook, not on the back wall anymore. We have outlets everywhere! And they moved the phone jack to above the small counter next to the fridge, so that will be a big improvement.
Lots of small details are happening, too. Like, the doorway into the back hall apparently at one time had a door, and when they replaced the frame they also took out the jamb with all the hardware (and differently stained wood) and made it smooth and a match.
Each night after work I go and stand in the kitchen and see what is new. At least one of the kids usually joins me and we discuss ideas for where things will go. We've decided on racks for the cookie sheets that store them vertically instead of in a pile. The spices will go on the lazy Susan in the corner cabinet. On the highest shelf of most of the cabinets we will put cake pedestals (so we can admire them from below but not have to reach them). The contractor told me we can actually start putting things in the upper cabinets and the pantry, so that's been fun! Once the counter tops are in we can put things in the lower cabinets, too.
In the meantime we've gotten better about cooking in the dining room on the hotplate, and we have tried several new restaurants. Next kitchen update will be before and after pictures! Can't wait.