This week we had the electrician come out to tackle the electrical rough-in. This entailed:
(1) Moving the light switches. Once the wall came down, we needed to relocated the switches on that wall.
(2) Upgrading to GFIs. The outlets near the sink were not GFIs. Also, apparently, the outlet on the island would need to be a GFI (I didn’t know this until they were done).
(3) Running a line for an outlet on the island: In our county, when you have a permanent kitchen island, an outlet is required on the island.
They ran the line from the wing wall next to where the fridge will be.
(4) Moving an existing outlet: Moving the outlet on the wall near the oven, farther to the right. (They also added another outlet on that wall.)
(5) Installing a new outlet in a closet: Across the hallway from the kitchen is a coat closet at the top of the stairs. My plan is to turn it into a panty with a counter on which I can place a small microwave.
(6) Installing can lighting in the kitchen and the living area: remodel types, LED, safe for insulation.
(7) Moving the current hard-wired drop for the ceiling light to centered over the island.
It took them (a husband/wife team) a whole day and another half. The most impressive was how they routed the electrical line for the island under the floor. I was so thankful this was easy, no need for any drop from the ceiling and an unsightly beam in which to hold it.
The local code inspector came out the next day to sign off on the rough-in. I’ll have to call him back out once the walls are up and the switches and outlets are installed for the final electrical inspection.
Here’s a few pictures of the overall plan and the counter top, tile, and cabinet colors. Imagine a counter top in the picture, and the cabinet doors are a more matte black, and the tile is bigger, and the fridge is black, and the vent hood is stainless steel. Basically, you have to REALLY use your imagination and I can safely say I have no idea how this is all going to work out.
The aggregate looking stuff is the countertop, a Caesarstone. The wall tile is in the grey family, it is shiny in some light. The cabinet doors will be a matte black.
This week I hope to finalize/schedule the work to replace the window and get an idea of how much the fix to the wood floor will cost.