The Story of My Brick Ranch Kitchen Addition – Week 6 [Drywall, Windows, & Floors]

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Last updated on February 27, 2023

It’s week 6 of my (Amy Girard) kitchen addition project and this week we get to start putting the home back together! We’re going to share the drywall, windows, and hardwood floors. Getting so close! Did you miss how it started, check out Week 1, the design in Week 2, setting up a temporary kitchen in Week 3, or foundation, framing, and the roof in Week 4, and the rough-ins, hood vent, and insulation in Week 5.

Cabinet Arrival

Just before drywall our GORGEOUS cabinets arrived. I’m pretty lucky because I work at Schloegel Ryan Waters and Tony Carver did a cabinet reveal for me. 😊 The green was better than I even dreamed!

Drywall

Based off our 40+ years in remodeling we’ve learned that drywall and drywall sanding can sometimes be a low point in your mood during your remodel (see our awesome remodeling fever graph below). That was not true for us! We couldn’t wait for the drywall, that meant the space was getting put back together and this was the first important step.

Tom Lee and his team were wonderful. They’re not only a great group but do spectacular work. Our old walls were plaster and while we didn’t leave a lot of them in the kitchen area, they managed to tie everything in.

New Windows Installed

Our Marvin windows finally came! Not sure if you’ve heard but windows have an EXTREMELY long lead time right now. Not just Marvin, all brands. So, when ours finally arrived I literally did a happy dance. We’d been staring at the beautiful piece of plywood for far too long and the entire house felt dark. The running joke was we needed to paint a view on the plywood.

The same day they arrived Kris Worden and Ryan Waters got to work on installing a few of them. First ones in were the windows above the sink. Woah it looked beautiful and the kitchen FINALLY started to feel like an actual room.  Schelp circled back to get the rest of the windows and the doors installed.

Laying & Refinishing Red Oak Hardwood Floors

With drywall complete it was time for hardwoods. All our existing hardwoods were finished a shiny blond. The plan was to lay new red oak hardwoods in the kitchen, family room, dining room and refinish the living room floor all to a new color. This update over half the house. We would have loved to finish the bedrooms and hallway floors but new we had to stop somewhere!

The dining room previously had hardwoods laid at an opposite angle to our living room with a rough tile border. I say rough because they were laid uneven which made cleaning them a challenge and you always had the occasionally toe stub. The family room floors were tile.

When we got all the floors up in demo it was evident the family room subfloor was a different height than the dining room which was a different height than the new kitchen subfloor. We were left with a floor conundrum. Nina Schmidt referred to it as M.C. Escher’s lithograph Relativity. Joe Meagher and Ryan Waters had quite a few discussions and came up with a solution. They applied different width plywood to the new kitchen floor and another different width plywood to the family room. We knew we’d feel slight raises and lowers in the floors once they were done but it allowed us to not have any transitions between the rooms. All the floors in the living room, dining room, family room, and kitchen would be the same height.