March 26, 2013:
WE HAVE A KITCHEN!
We don't however have a sink, which is kinda important. I know we've only been without sinks for a few days, but this is ALWAYS the point of stress that freaks out clients and turns them from sweet & accommodating into - I'll be frank - less than sweet and accommodating... I recall when we were without our kitchen in our house for a few days while we ripped out the old, replaced with the new all in time for a Style at Home magazine shoot, my husband was an absolute DRAGON. I can say that because he is, in fact, a dragon according to Chinese Signs. Where things get dicey with kitchen installs is the sequence of events. If you are missing one component, the entire projects screeches to a halt. You simply can't progress without it. Without the sink, we can't template the counters, without the counters we can't do the backsplash which means you can't really use the kitchen. This is NEVER the time to second guess the design (unless something is truly wrong or overlooked entirely and then you can by all means play catch up) just because. You start messing around at this point and you could add months to the process.
I should make a note about that as well. Very rarely, but it has happened, we've started installing something, only to have the client hate it and have us rip it out or stop the install. This is always a sticky situation. Of course we want our clients to LOVE everything that goes into their house and if something isn't working, then for sure it should be addressed. This is why we add contingencies into budgets. If you don't love it, hopefully you've noticed this beforehand but if not and you stop or interrupt the process you should budget at least a 20% delay in the timing of your project. It's like stopping something that is already in mid-swing. Adjustments have to be made and this ripples down the line. Schedules are booked, trades are booked, heck the people that need to pick up the phone and answer our call may be occupied with another client or project and can't return our call immediately let alone the same day. It all takes time. This is why planning and working with professionals is a value added component to any design project. For the most part, we're able to roll with the punches that come along and have the experience and where withall to troubleshoot but there are limits.
So the punches that we are rolling with - gables need to be cut down, the corbels that we picked for the microwave shelf, we prefer over on the opposite wall under the uppers, our flooring installer may have misjudged where the cabinets were starting so our installers need to build up the base/kick for the cabinets to hide the shortfall. Do I look worried? No, they can handle it. All issues were solved or addressed before they could even become a problem. The biggest problem that we've had thusfar (other than the sink not being here yet - selfishly I just want to see that faucet installed already) is who got to peel off the plastic on the cabinet doors between our installer and Celia. She won by the way....