Let me continue with our Atlanta Kitchen Renovation at our Bed and Breakfast. During the next month, we met with all of our Trades Persons to share what we wanted to do and listen to their suggestions on how to make our Atlanta Kitchen happen. Because we operate an Atlanta Bed and Breakfast, one of the crucial things we were concerned with was timing. Ed went over the timing details to make sure everything would be on schedule. We always allow a couple of weeks for delays, especially if you are renovating during the holidays. We obtained our permits and everything was set to go. FINALLY! Now it was just a matter of waiting until the start date. We made the final decisions on all the appliances and placed the order with Jill at Builders Specialities. Now it was a reality, our new Atlanta Kitchen was just a few months away. We also decided on all the surface finishes. Since Ed was the General Contractor and I, of course, was the Kitchen Designer, we knew that each decision we could make before the project started would make it easier during the process.
The start date for our Atlanta Kitchen came around quickly. Guests checked out as Fed Ex delivered our new kitchen floor, one hundred plus year old remilled antique heart pine flooring. You may not think you have a lot of flooring in a kitchen, but as we hand carried it in and let it acclimatize to the interior of the inn, it is always more than you think. Luckily we have several great neighbors who were excited about the project and pitched in to help carry it inside from curbside.
Over the next few weeks, we removed the existing cabinets, appliances, sheetrock and plaster walls, wood and tile flooring and anything else that was in the way. We recycled the old cabinets, appliances and plumbing fixtures for someone else to use in their Atlanta kitchen project. We had two beautiful original buffets in our existing kitchen and had decided to reuse the smaller one in the new kitchen. I thought it would be a nice way to anchor the old world charm with the modern Viking appliances.
Now the old and dirty was out and it was time to begin bringing in the new. We had lots of carpentry to do from an old elevator location that, I must say, Ed did a great job on. The plumbers, electricians, HVAC and flooring specialist began doing their rough-ins. Next on the list was insulating. I have to admit I had to bail on the insulation and let Ed do all of it. Finally, we are ready for sheetrock! I found a sheetrock company that had worked for us 30 years ago and now I know why I hired them. R and D Drywall is the best. They not only hung and finished the job in less than two days, but even called a few days later to make sure everything was perfect. Kerry from WM Orr Fine Cabinets & Millwork checked and rechecked his final measurements for the cabinets at our Atlanta kitchen.
On our next Blog of our Atlanta Kitchen Renovation, I will talk more about the fun stuff, the Viking appliances, cabinets and finish surfaces. So stay tuned for the next Episode of our Atlanta Kitchen Renovation.