Cabinet Installation - Day One

The House on High Street

Earlier this week, the lower cabinets and island were installed in Rachel Maria’s Kitchen at The House on High Street. This is the FIRST time a kitchen has ever been installed into the house, itself. (The kitchen used to be in the addition, that is now the sun room.)

First off, I am thrilled to share my feelings about our cabinet designers, Denise and Patrick Henry, owners of Henry’s Custom Woodworks. They have been, by far, the most wonderfully talented, helpful, and friendly designers we could have ever asked for. I’m not sure if you recall (from a former post), but I had gone to several cabinet places (from Lowes to High End designers) all over, and Scott and I had not found exactly what we were looking for.

We didn’t spend money on interior decorators or designers for any part of this home renovation. I wanted to design my kitchen to fit me and the purpose it shall be used for. Denise and Patrick helped all of our ideas come to fruition; even down to the exact color and glaze on the wood, hinges, and knobs.

While some homes have the most exquisite kitchens, they may not be used that much at all. I plan on beating the crap out of my stove. (You’ll be seeing the stove I picked out, next week.) And, just like the house, we wanted a tall kitchen. It will look grand in the end, but once you see the accents, you’ll feel the warmth and hominess factor. Trust me, this is one kitchen our guests will not want to leave. (And, I wanted it that way. As long as they help me clean up after eating! LOL)

I guess you can say it will be my dream kitchen, although it will not have the pizza oven that I had hoped for (ah well, such is life). I’m still very grateful, and Scott and I are looking forward to hostessing many upcoming gatherings, here.

I’ll have more pics and/or video as we go. The best part will really be when it all comes together (with the upper cabinets, appliances, stove hood, etc.) For now, please enjoy our video and pics of our Cabinet Installation – Day One. (And thank you for being a part of this extraordinary journey with us!)

http://youtu.be/0tHw64mvBPI

Coming from the back, sun room entrance, this is what you see.
Coming from the back, sun room entrance, this is what you see.
These are on your right. There is a beverage bar on the end there, for guests. Yes, please help yourself to drinks and coffee. I just do food.
These are on your right. There is a beverage bar on the end there, for guests. Yes, please help yourself to drinks and coffee. I just do food.
If you turn around, you're looking at the sunroom.
If you turn around, you’re looking at the sun room.
On the opposite wall of the beverage bar is the main cooking/prep area. (Sink, dishwasher, Stove, etc.)
On the opposite wall of the beverage bar is the main cooking/prep area. (Sink, dishwasher, Stove, etc.) It’s SUPER bright, now! Do you remember when Scott and I knocked down the wall that separated these two rooms? So glad we did that!
This is the view when you come in from the front entrance.
This is the view when you come in from the front entrance.
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And, the pocket door entrance? Do you remember that, too? I lost that video. Gosh that was a funny one!
The sink. I LOVE ANTIQUE COPPER! Yeah, you'll be seeing a lot of that in this kitchen.
The sink. I LOVE ANTIQUE COPPER! Yeah, you’ll be seeing a lot of that in this kitchen.
I guess it won't be so bad washing dishes with this view. I don't like doing dishes. hint hint
I guess it won’t be so bad washing dishes with this view. I don’t like doing dishes. hint hint
You'll see...
You’ll see…
So here, the guys are measuring the distance from the perimeter cabinets to the island. I wanted this to be just enough space (but not too much). Unless you planning on working, do not come into this area.
So here, the guys are measuring the distance from the perimeter cabinets to the island. I wanted this to be just enough space (but not too much). Unless you are cleaning up for me, it may be wise to stay on the other side of the island.
This island will seat 5.  I wish I could have like 15!
This island will seat 5. I wish I could have like 15!
The guys said, "We love the legs." Of course they love LEGS! Lol
The guys said, “We love the legs.” Of course they love LEGS! Lol
Another view from the sun room.
Another view from the sun room.
Center Hallway. Sorry, this picture accidentally got into the cabinet video, so I'm adding it here.  These videos have few edits. Too much time for that.
Center Hallway. Sorry, this picture accidentally got into the cabinet video, so I’m adding it here. These videos have few edits. Too much time for that.

Next up, the upper cabinets, counter tops, and appliances. Stay tuned!

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