AKA, what some folks won't do just to get another kitchen job.
Thought some might be interested in seeing the dreaded underbelly of a
full monte kitchen remodel.
(usually I have to build the house to do the kitchen, not tear it down)
Onward through the fog/dust ...
Thumbs up on the dust control. I made my own "ZipWall' style units by
using those telescopic 'load securing' clamps (used in trucks). The
adhesive zippers for the walls are available on-line from the nice
people at ZipWall.
As you might well imagine, dust has been a monkey on my back for a
long time, at least prior to Festool/Fein dust management devices.
It really, truly is the only way to do a renovation and that is to go
"to the studs".
You will be keeping us abreast to the rest of this, eh?
Thanks for posting.
I'm pretty sure that's a Cinchtite. Here's the manufacturer selling
them direct on Amazon:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Same specs for the denier, same length, looks the same. It's a duck.
eBay just has the best deal on them if you use them in any quantity.
I haven't tried the "new and improved" heavy duty Zipwall zippers
because I've got half a case of the other, and I probably never will
since they're so much more expensive. The Cinchtite ones work fine -
no issues at all, except you don't get that nifty little Zipwall
plastic cutter for opening up the plastic after the zipper is
applied. Usual caveat about applying them in low temperatures. I
also use them to rig up job site weather protection, and had some
difficulty getting them to stick to cold plastic tarps. Most always
they're an inside item, so that's not really a concern.
I give them out to guys that would use them - painters, demo and
drywall guys. You give them a couple and it's like buying them lunch,
only cheaper. :)
I nixed zipwalls because a family member is only ambulatory with a
walker and pulling oxygen cart ... this area splits the house in two,
with constant traffic back and forth through a long hallway ... MIL,
using walker, in one end, family quarters in other, and neither wanted
to deal with them.
I used a double flap system on their most used access point, like we do
on lead abatement renovations, to make it easier to get the walker through.
I have been in so many kitchens, I have lost count. As a result, I
have seen both ends of the scale.
I have seen stellar executions for under $10K and complete rubbish for
One kitchen cost the guy $220.000 and I actually thought it was
brilliant. He spent a lot of money on restaurant grade equipment and
the finest of all granites and lots of it. It turned out beautiful, in
a Bentley sort of way. It was also very big, I'm guessing 30 x 40 ft.
Then, a few months ago, I was in a kitchen where the people spent $40K
on cabinets and it was absolutely disgusting. They could not have
squeezed more 'ornate bullshit flourishes' in, if they tried.
Mouldings on top of mouldings and all sprayed with that coloured
lacquer crap. Awful.
Tasty doesn't need to cost a lot, if the money is spent wisely.
It's a reality that the margin in kitchen builds/remodels is a lot more
lucrative than most construction projects.
This particular kitchen has a "designer" who is much in demand, and
despite that, and while I don't particularly care for a lot of the
details, I think it is going to come out just fine.
As with many designers, this one is wont to draw things that can't be
reasonably built. I ended up modeling the kitchen for the client and
many of the changes, from a practical aspect, were the result of that
modeling. Basically I was handed bare bones elevation sketches and the
implementation has been left up to me ... good thing I like a challenge,
but I do think the practicality of the kitchen's usage will benefit from
that mix of participation.
Besides, they're never _my_ kitchens ... something I try to keep
foremost in mind.
Besides, I can't afford one of mine ...
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