The Eveli Kitchen Project

Updated 25 July 2000 by Eve

Eve and Eli are getting a new kitchen! We analyzed the problem from all sides,

Cleaned-out kitchen from the perspective of the dining room

Cleaned-out kitchen from the perspective of the doorway

Cleaned-out kitchen from the perspective of the living room

Cleaned-out kitchen from the perspective of the sink

and decided that the best division of labor would be for us to do the money-spending part (the Design), and for someone with talent to actually do the work (the Implementation). We started on July 14, Bastille Day.

(If you can't stand the suspense, click on the pictures above to see how the kitchen looks now in comparison...)

This would be the guy with the talent: Wayne Trecartin. His company is Creative Construction, Inc. If you need some construction done, Wayne's your man! Just call him at (978) 657-5269.

Wayne and Don deep into the demolition

Behind Wayne is his brother, Don, also a talented fellow when it comes to moving kitchen atoms around. And below is Wayne's daughter Marcia, who helped with the tiling.

Wayne's daughter Marcia

Of course, don't think we didn't notice the special twinkle in Wayne's and Don's eyes when doing the deconstruction (that is, the demolition). Here, the half-wall is already a memory. (They didn't want me to put this picture in because of the, uh, angle. I thought it was cute.)

The kitchen half-wall, gone

Here's the kitchen, completely denuded.

The old cabinets, gone from the walls

And now, a moment of silence for the passing of our beloved Winchester Mystery Door.

The Winchester Mystery Door, now just a memory

This was a pantry with a real framed door, and doorknobs on both the inside and the outside. We hated to see it go, but it was larger inside than out, and since we couldn't actually use it as a handy four-dimensional walk-in pantry, it was a goner.

It's the little touches, like a network drop, that will make this kitchen feel sophisticated and yet homey.

The network drop

The new kitchen is solid cherry, with a natural finish. We worked with Patrick Small of Boston Kitchen to pick and arrange all this stuff. Here's the pièce de résistance (that's French for "piece of resistance"). In the spirit of full disclosure, the wine rack idea was Eli's, not mine. He won't let me forget that I originally wanted letter slots instead.

I don't need a WINE RACK. I don't even have A WINE!

We cleverly chose a tile pattern that would require cuts on nearly every tile, requiring pages full of plans, sketches, and arcane numbers. Of course, we used Post-It™ notes for the really heavy design.

The tile plan, long view The tile plan, close view

The basic tiling idea is to have a diamond-shaped mosaic of little green marble tiles at the corners of the big tiles. At first, we had diamond-shaped holes.

Diamond-shaped tile holes

Then, we had a clever simulation of the diamonds (plopped into the holes temporarily).

The Two Faces of Tile

Here's the final floor deal, with grout and everything. At the last minute, we had a grout attack (like a gout attack, but different), and thought about doing a "contrasting" grout color. Then we recovered our senses. Such are the vicissitudes of doing Design.

The tile track running around the island

The kitchen is now in its adolescent stage of development. Here, the microwave oven is emerging from its chrysalis and drying its wings.

The microwave emerging from its chrysalis

Here's the dishwasher before molting,

The dishwasher before molting

and nearly finished with the molting process (assisted by Eli, because the poor thing was so weak).

The dishwasher after molting

When we walked into the appliance showroom, the guy said to us, "You want stainless steel, right?" We nodded mutely. "I can tell -- you're stainless people." Hmm. We figure that, in thirty years, we'll look at the kitchen and say "Eeeww, it's so dated! What we really need in here to freshen it up is some Almond, or Avocado, or at least Harvest Gold."

Happy shiny appliances

Finally, the countertops have come in.

Appearing now for the first time anywhere: The Island Countertop.

An actual sink. The sticky notes read: Go ahead. Turn it on. You know you want to.

A view to a spill: the countertops frame the previously lonely appliances.

You'd almost think we meant it to look this way.

Every kitchen project needs a mascot. We have Head on a Stick.

Head on a Stick

He was a giveaway from the Libertarian Convention, advertising presidential candidate Barry Hess. No disrespect meant to Mr. Hess, but Head on a Stick was the funniest thing I think any of us had ever seen. He still provides us with mirth on a daily basis. (“If you're a stick in the mud, you'll never get ahead!”) We slay us.

Here's all the guys together.

Don, Head, and Wayne

We've since added another mascot to get extra-strength, new-and-improved mascoting.

Head and Taz

This is a work in progress. Y'all come back soon now, y'hear?