Wednesday, December 14, 2011

C'mon Man!

Yup, I just referenced one of my favorite segments on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown.  I couldn't help but use that phrase when I saw how high my contractor installed our over-the-range microwave.

I didn't really get just how high it was until my Mom and Dad told me to walk over and try and open it.  I swear, I could barely see into the microwave.  I was having horrible images of dumping scalding hot soup down the front of myself and heaving a heavy casserole dish up there.

Our contractor said the instructions for installation called for the bottom of the microwave to be 30" from the top of the stove.  Well my Mom and I looked at the instructions and it clearly shows an arrow displaying the distance from the TOP of the microwave to the stove should be 30".  This would mean the BOTTOM of the microwave would be the standard 18 - 20" above the stove.

Luckily, our contractor said he'd fix the microwave placement so that we {and our future children} could have much easier access.  Of course this will delay things because they now need to remove part of the backsplash, re-fit our old cabinets and run a longer duct to vent out the top of the microwave.  Not to mention it took them quite some time to attach the appliance to the wall in the first place.  I'm praying they can get this accomplished before our stove delivery on Tuesday, but I have to stay, I'm not very confident it'll work out.

Thank goodness I stopped in during lunch and saw the debacle before they got much further with it!

Other than that, it was business as usual at the house.  Today should have been the day we could kiss the construction goodbye {minus the floor refinishing}, but that is definitely not happening.  There are still a whole lot of little jobs to get done around the house.  At least grouting the backsplash tile could be crossed off the list.  {And we even managed to hang a few doors today to see how they are going to look in the end of all this.}

Yes...those drawers did not get primed and painted yet.  They aren't even sanded.  But we put them back into the island to get them off the floor to prep for the floor guy tomorrow.

Just a little preview of the cabinets with the freshly painted doors, new hardware and spray painted hinges.

Our awesome electricians were busy installing more lights today.  I got to see our entryway light up, and my favoriteeeee dining room light, too!  {The dining room pendant did not photograph too well.  Try and believe me when I say it's gorg in person...and yes, the light bulbs are not yet installed.}

Unfortunately I'm going to be locked out of the house for a couple days because the floor refinisher is scheduled to arrive at 7AM tomorrow.  Hopefully we'll be able to occupy our home just a few days after that!!!  Many photos to come!  I can't wait to share the results! :)


  1. Woohoo! It's really coming together. I had to giggle about how high they put the microwave. You would practically need a stool to use it. Sometimes you have to wonder where common sense has gone. Glad they will fix it for you! And I totally trust that the light is stunning in person - I think it looks great in the pictures! Hope all goes will with the floors!

  2. I love that aqua color! That's hilarious how high they placed the microwave - glad they'll fix it though!

  3. I've learned in the last almost 2 years that men, especially tall ones, have no concept of what the proper height of things is supposed to be. If they can reach, that's good enough. Glad your mom noticed how high that microwave is!

    I am LOVING the progress! I can't wait to see more!

  4. Those lights are looking great! That is seriously one of the best looking kitchens I have seen! I can't wait to see it all done!

  5. Guys, your house is coming out great!! I love the way the kitchen looks! Nice backsplash! Very Exciting!

  6. Diana - yea, the microwave height is definitely laughable. The best part is...our contractor isn't even that tall, so I have no idea how he thought that'd be a good idea to put it up so high. At least he agreed to make it right...and that's all that matters. :)

    RR - Thank you!! I know, it's so bad, but like you said...they will fix it. Woohoo!

    Brandi - Yea I'm so happy we figured out that it is totally not going to work for our home before things moved any further haha. Thanks so much...can't wait to share it with you guys! :)

    Ashley - Aw, you are so sweet! Thank you!!

    John - Thanks so much! :)