I love this phase of construction. You can really start to 'see' the kitchen come to life. Next week the counters and back splash will go in and then from there on everything will go really fast - paint, then all the plumbing and electrical fixtures, the cabinet hardware and glass fronts. Today is day 'nine' of the remodel. We started demo on June 4th. My client has a bet with her brother that the kitchen will be done from start to finish in 8 weeks. It is looking really good that she is going to win! I'm wondering if I get a 'bonus' if I can cut that time in half!
And speaking of functionality ... I am working on a small upholstery job - recovering some barstools for a long distance client - and had more fun perusing through all the vinyl books. Have you ever considered 'pleather' or vinyl? It is a must for this eat-in bar where little kiddos will be spilling ... but I have to say, there will be no sacrificing for style!