How the Flood Created an Island, Part 4: The Kitchen is Bare

Here we go again.

Soon the restoration specialists removed all the lower cabinets and all the appliances from the kitchen. They moved the refrigerator into the dining room; the stove and the dishwasher went into a trailer outside along with the cabinets. They had to trash the formica counter tops (which didn’t make me sad when I learned this—new counter tops would be fun. But that’s only the beginning). Of course I had to remove everything from the cabinets first. The stuff went into giant boxes that got stored in one of our rooms. We set aside the essential stuff that we’d need for ongoing meals. The sink ended up in the garage.

I must say that one advantage of this process, was that it made me look at all the stuff I had stored in those cabinets that I never really used. So there was a kind of liberation that happened in the process as I made piles of things I’d never use again, never to put put back in the kitchen.

After everything was removed, they put in the drying equipment again. The kitchen really felt big without cabinets, and pretty useless, too.

Actually that isn’t drying equipment, it’s something to filter the smells from the particle board. This is actually the new subfloor.

Since the old floor had asbestos, we had to have those kinds of specialists in to remove, I think it was, 3 layers of flooring. More on that next time… along with the removal of the wallpaper, which is gone in the above photo (and I don’t mean computer wallpaper)…

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