Several weeks ago, I shared the saga of the contractor who walked off the job before it began. The post was written "members only", in an attempt to protect the contractor from any embarrassment. As a refresher for ActiveRain members and others reading about this project for the first time, I was creating a pass-through and reconfiguring the kitchen in a property I purchased to provide a more open floor plan. In my excitement (and completely within my right as the owner), I played "fixer-upper" and took a hammer to the sheetrock, trying to decide how large to make the opening.
Here's what the wall looked like after the first few blows with the hammer:
Upper cabinets and the stove are on the back side of the wall.
The photo above shows two small sections of sheetrock removed. I decided to take out another section to make the opening wider. The structural integrity of the house was not harmed, but apparently the contractor was offended by my efforts as he refused to show up the following day to start the project.
A few days later, another contractor was hired to implement my plan. Here is what the job looked like midway through construction:
In the photo above, the wall has been opened and the appliances and cabinets are being rearranged, and electrical and plumbing re-routed. The window behind the refrigerator will be insulated and sealed, creating additional wall space for cabinets and the fridge.
The final photo shows the finished product. I'm pleased with how it turned out, but even more so, the new homeowner LOVES it. (Apologies for the dark photo).
The buyer wanted a farmhouse style kitchen so we added beadboard trim to the ceiling and painted white upper cabinets with denim colored lowers.
I may never know why the original contractor walked away, but completing this project was very gratifying as I helped a single mom on a modest budget provide a safe environment for her family.
If you or someone you know is looking for a home in the Brandon or Flowood area, I'll be glad to help. You can reach me on my cell at 601-278-4513.
Written and Published by Pat Starnes REALTOR
Pat specializes in Residential and New Home Sales
Primary Service Area:
Brandon, Pearl, Ridgeland, Flowood and the Ross Barnett Reservoir area
Pat Starnes, Broker Associate
Front Gate Real Estate, 6700 Old Canton Rd., Suite C
Ridgeland, MS 39157
601-991-2900 - Office
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