So... it's been a while! But don't let yourself think that means we haven't been busy. Our summer spiraled into quite a frenzy as we dove head-first into trial-and-error-construction, said goodbye to our primary residence in Boulder, figured out full-time cohabitation in an unfinished house, made major preparations for our annual Burning Man theme camp, and unenthusiastically attended those pesky, time-sucking full-time jobs we both have. But the good news is, we're back from an absolutely epic Burn, and we're inspired as fuck.
We left the playa with the gears in our brains cranking about a thousand times faster than the gears in our intergalactic gangster school bus, proving that our formerly questionable decision to move into our abode immediately after Burning Man without any necessary commodities was, in fact, a great idea. So we hit the ground running, picking up where we left off with perhaps the most important room in any house: THE KITCHEN.
Before we left, we made quite a bit of progress. We ripped out the ceiling and all of the existing walls, re-framed most of them, installed some lovely used windows, and insulated them like people who'd actually prefer to NOT freeze to death this winter. Then (after running new electrical) we put up new walls, and painted them a color appropriately named "Lime Pop." We decided to use standard underlayment for the walls rather than your typical drywall to ensure that we'd be able to capitalize on our tiny kitchen's vertical space, filling every spare inch of wall with shelving that can carry some serious weight (we'll be relying entirely on shelving for all of our kitchen storage). Drywall just wasn't gonna cut it. So the walls became a labor of love, teaching us almost immediately why most people prefer to use drywall. But, ya know, we're not exactly about doing things the easy way. So now we have hella-strong lime-green load-bearing kitchen walls, and we're stoked.
In addition to the wall revival, Austin single-handedly took on the task of pulling out all of the old flooring (if you could even call it that), and laying new floors. First was pulling some shoddy attempt at linoleum (in a cabin?) and cleaning up the subfloor. Adding another layer of OSB would have been ideal, but with our paltry 6'3" ceiling height we didn't want to sacrifice any head space. We still wanted to keep with wood floors, but also wanted to mix it up and do something less labor intensive than the hand-milled flooring in the living room. Our solution was to use 1/2" birch plywood, ripped against the grain into fat 12" slats. This created the warmth of wood floors quickly and cheaply, and provided an aesthetic similar to tile. It was also relatively easy to go over our insanely uneven subfloor.
Fast forward through our two weeks in the desert, and we arrived home, ready to turn these floors, walls, and ceiling into an actual kitchen. First things first, we secured some corporate shelving to serve as the base for a countertop. After a very intense round of virtual kitchen Tetris, we came up with a layout that's turned this previously claustrophobic space into a beautiful, functional kitchen! We found a really unique circular kitchen sink (Margot couldn't resist), two pieces of standard low-end countertop (which we have grand plans for), and restored what we thought was a destroyed 1950's Welbilt Propane stove to an astonishing perfect condition! Now all we need is a fridge that can occupy a 26x26" space and FREE TIME. If all goes to plan, we'll be making gourmet feasts in a few days. And we're HUNGRY.