Where’d we go?

Posted by Anita on 11.15.06 6:10 AM

pate-n-plans (c)2006 AECWe’ve been rather neglectful of MWD this week, but please don’t think it’s because we haven’t been playing with our food or eating at some yummy places. And yes, the careful observer will note that our photostream contains shots of L.A. restaurants that we never wrote up. Mea maxima culpa… and I do hope to have time to tackle those posts that are languishing in draft mode — soon.

But I thought you’d like to know that we’ve been slacking for a good cause: We’re in the final throes of planning a for-real kitchen remodel! We hired a contractor this week, after a relatively long vetting process. And we’ve got a great architect — who we’ve been abusing since August with our dog-eared magazine clippings and offbeat design ideas — working hard on finalizing floorplans and elevations so that the permit folks will be good and happy.

We spent pretty much the whole weekend (at least the part where we weren’t at JoAnn’s) shopping for tile and countertops and sinks and faucets and…. you get the point. I promise to try not to bore you with all the gory details, but I’ll post now and then when things get interesting.

For now, we’re trying to get our downstairs guest suite ready for habitation during the time that the kitchen and bathroom are gutted, and figuring out how to set up a temporary kitchen in the garage workshop. (Good thing we put in a power strip, cabinets, and a countertop, huh? My brilliant husband pointed out that it’s basically a mini-galley out there, once we add a countertop convection oven, put away the tools, and give everything a really good scrubdown.)

It’s finally happening!




Comment by Lucy Vanel

Good luck with the temp ktichen, happy memories of washing the dishes in the bathtub come to mind.

Posted on 11.15.06 at 6:39AM

Comment by Anita

Thanks, Lucy. I think we have a semi-solution worked out for dish-washing. (It does involve the shower, but… well, I’ll just have to blog about it when it happens.)

Posted on 11.15.06 at 6:50AM

Comment by cookiecrumb

Daunting. I don’t think I could go through that! And at the same time, I’m green with envy. (Oh, wait, I meant green with endive.)
Good luck.

Posted on 11.15.06 at 10:22AM

Comment by Anita

Mmmm… endive.

Thanks, Cookie. We’ve lived through remodels before (even a kitchen) but never one where we weren’t in charge of the schedule and much of the work. Perhaps naively, I’m thinking that living in the guest room will be sort of fun… like living in a small apartment on vacation, but at the end we get to go home to a brand-new kitchen, not customs & immigration.

Posted on 11.15.06 at 11:18AM

Comment by miche

Congrats! Maybe this means that you will have to eat out more, which means that you will review more restaurants so that those of us who are Married with Children (who replaced ‘Dinner’;)) can live vicariously through you!

Posted on 11.16.06 at 1:32PM

Comment by Anita

Thanks, Miche! I’m hoping we don’t *have* to eat out more, since we’re pinching pennies to afford the fun stuff in our new kitchen, but — having been through this once before when we were only locked out of the kitchen for half as long — I suspect that there will be a lot more eating out than we’re planning.

Posted on 11.16.06 at 1:48PM

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