Kitchen Remodel

In 8 days I hit the 2 year mark since I became paralyzed.  In the beginning, I was determined that I would be walking.  Now I’m more hopeful, but also realistic.  Will I ever walk again?  I hope so!  I’m going to the gym and trying to get stronger in the hopes that it will help.  But I’m also working on getting as comfortable and strong in my wheelchair as possible because I need to live for the now while keeping my eyes on the future.

So with that being said, it’s time to remodel the kitchen.  I’m lucky that my house has a very open layout.  Getting into the kitchen was never an issue.  What was at issue was the sink. (Well, and the stove, but I can deal with that.)  With the counter at chin height, it was always awkward trying to get the dishes done or wash my hands or anything.  The hubs was always having to clean up behind my cleaning as I would leave remnants in the sink and not know.

That was all fine but not ideal.  But, now that we’re having a baby in a few months, we decided that it was time to make a change.  I need a place where I can wash the baby and prepare bottles and do dishes easier.  I will be taking care of the kid as much as I can, so we needed to make this change.

Luckily, my dad is a contractor.  He builds houses from the ground up, so this little job was easy for him to plan.  Instead of tearing out our enter island and reinventing the wheel, he decided it would be easier and cheaper to install a mirror sink.  (I doubt that’s what he called it, but that’s how I interpreted it.)  Our kitchen island had a bar overhang which was going unused.  The plan: chop the overhang granite off, and install two cabinets and a sink at ADA heights there.  The new sink will back up to the existing sink and be just one large basin sink.  Then the hubs and I can have cleaning races.  Though, I did have to promise the electrician that we wouldn’t have garbage disposal races.  Something about broken circuits and power failures and meltdowns or whatnot.

The best thing about this remodel is that if we go to sell this house, it will be easy for the buys to rip it out if they want.  I guess most people don’t want lower sinks and cabinets.  This will be easy to take out and patch up.  Then it’s like “What handicapped sink?”  The cool part is that the granite guy is going to make a cover for the sink so you can still use the entire length if needed.  Or you can take the cover off and surprise, there’s a sink!  I guess it won’t be a huge surprise as the faucet will still be evident.

kitchen remodel

Here is what it looked like in the morning before installation begun.  I’m so excited that I can hardly stand it!!

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