And We’re Off… Sort Of

20 Jan

The good news: our laundry room cabinetry got to the warehouse this past week. The not so good news: we are nowhere near ready for them to get delivered!

You may recall our task list from the last post:

  • Empty the room
  • Move washer and dryer so we can tear down the platform
  • Move some plumbing so it’ll be hidden behind the cabinets
  • Find a sink and faucet
  • Find hardware

We’ve emptied the room of everything that needed to be relocated. We also moved the washer and dryer and took out the platform. When we (and by we I mean Mike) opened up the drywall to work on the plumbing, it seemed a bit more complicated then just dropping things down a bit so it was hidden below the counter top. It turns out there was some duct work, etc behind that wall too. So we haven’t been able to make it very far  (very vague, I know, but I don’t know enough to provide more details…).

Here’s a picture that may help? Where you see the words 60 inches, is the washer plumbing connections that we needed to lower nearly 30 inches in order to be below the future sink’s counter top. The problem is the plumbing you see at 32 inches gets in the way. If we could easily move the connections to the right, we wouldn’t have to drop them as far down because it’d be behind the higher washer and dryer, and there wouldn’t be other plumbing to get in the way. But the duct work gets in the way.

The plumbing mess

The plumbing mess

So we called in a plumber and learned it is possible, however, we need to build a “dummy” wall behind this wall to house the plumbing because we can’t get around the ducting any other way. Behind the wall is our pantry, and that is where we built the wall. Of course our house is now in a state of disarray (who am I kidding, it already was…) as we had to relocate some of our pantry items. We did come across some extremely expired marshmallows in the process (expired in 2010!!).

The pantry mess

The pantry mess

Where the mess used to live- before we removed the shelf

Where the mess used to live- before we removed the shelf

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The new wall that will be filled with plumbing soon (I hope)

At this point we are going to have the plumber complete the plumbing. So we now have to get a permit, but at least we know it will be done correctly, right? We plan to worry about dry-walling this part later. We want to see if we can use the space somehow for pantry storage and that will require some brainstorming. The funny part is, this will be our 2nd time dry-walling this part of the laundry room and part of the pantry (you can see the first job in one of the pics above as it never got primed/painted).  The first time occurred when we took the original platform down during the kitchen remodel… I’m pretty sure this will be our last time though. Thank goodness!

Let’s re-visit the task list, shall we?

  • Empty the room
  • Move washer and dryer so we can tear down the platform
  • Build a dummy wall for the plumbing
  • Get a permit
  • Move some plumbing so it’ll be hidden behind the cabinets
  • Move the electrical so it’ll be hidden behind the cabinets (forgot this one with the first list0
  • Find a sink and faucet
  • Drywall the laundry side (forgot this with the first list, too)
  • Find hardware

Yep, we also found a sink and faucet. We got a nice, deep, cast iron Kohler sink from amazon. Thankfully it qualified for free shipping or the shipping alone might have broke the bank! It’s nothing too special to look at, just a plain white sink. We found our faucet on overstock. It looks like this:

At least we are making some progress. I’m hopeful that we can get the permit this week and the plumber can be here next week. We will work on moving the electrical this coming weekend and hopefully there will be no need to call an electrician (or an ambulance for that matter!)! Fingers crossed.

We are still “discussing” the 2013 house goals, so once we’ve agreed on everything, I promise to share our plans for this year. Rest assured most of 2012 goals are turning into 2013 goals since we didn’t get much crossed off our list last year.

Hope your 2013 is off to a wonderful start!

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