The crew from Parker Home Improvement showed up bright and early Wednesday morning to work on the doorways and kitchen demo. According to Sherry, it was a long day with only a couple snags requiring emergency phone calls. One to an electrician (couldn’t move a light switch through a stud), the other to the vet (dog swallowed a jagged piece of plastic). But in the end, the kitchen got knocked out, one doorway got widened, an electrician rescued us (for free!), and the dog threw up the piece of plastic. I’d call that a successful day.
Today, the Parker boys are back to widen more doors and spew more dust. The electrician is back too (this time for a couple hundred bucks) to finish up from yesterday. The hand-out we got yesterday was great, but we couldn’t turn off the kitchen light all night.
To prep for the wall guys coming this week, we had to cover a bunch of our stuff with plastic to protect it from all the drywall and brick dust that their wall-cutting was going to kick-up. Since it’s a 3 or 4 day process, we created a little “living bubble” for ourselves in the meantime, complete with a computer and a TV. We just used some painter’s tape and an inexpensive plastic tarp from Lowe’s to keep dust at bay (that stuff will get everywhere if you don’t take precautions). Trust us, the taped tarp was totally worth our while, and it kept us a bit more comfortable in the middle of the chaos that is renovation.
Here’s Sherry showing off our temporary safety zone.