5/26/2010

Water leak led to Remodeling our kitchen!










Several weeks ago, we discovered Water, coming from under our cabinets, and leaking into the new kitchen floor on the laminate flooring we had done 2 summers ago. The laminate was swelling and buckling up at the ends. We thought it was a leak from under the sink, but my contractor while looking for it, found out it was a leaking DRAIN pipe that led from my kitchen sink to behind the wall into a main drain, within the wall behind the cabinets. It was flowing down the wall and onto the sub floor under the cabinets and out behind my stove onto the kitchen floor. Let me tell you, I was SO glad that it wasnt a leaky water pipe! Everything I ran into my sink and down the dran was getting into my lower cabinets and out onto the floor!



They had to take out the cabinets and all the old subfloor, and replace all the cabinets from the sink left to the stove, then apply a Mildewcide to the other plywood to kill the mold. Now, the house insurance paid for all but the plumbing work, and paid for the new cabinets, and MORE so that I had enough left to finally get my backsplash done in ceramic tile also. With a suggestion from my contractor we decided to do the wet part of the kitchen, around the stove, refridgerator and sink with ceramic tile also, so it can be just mopped up. I think it was a great IDEA! My kitchen looks so much more modern and up to date now! He did the counter tops 2 summers ago for me and they look so nice against the new cabinets and floor!








Here is the new lower cabinets from the sink left to the stove. ( one of the old cabinets remain right of the dish washer)


The wet part is the newer stripped subfloor after spraying with the anti mold product.









Here my contractor, starting to prep my untiled backsplash for the tile he was going to put up. He used rope to measure the seams between the tiles.


Here is a close up of the tiles I choose for the backsplash. The glass tiles put a real pop of color to the kichen. The color is blue lagoon!






The finished behind the stove area! Before grouting.




They laid cement board down on the kichen floor to accept the tile flooring.







Almost finished! The tiles are nice light tan!






Finished with the stove back in its home!










New floor and the fridge is back in place also!




10 comments:

momma/mary said...

It is looking very good. But I'm sure it was a mess and a worry until it was finished. I love the blues!!

♥Caroline♥ said...

so pretty!

Anonymous said...

To ensure the maintenance of a good kitchen, a proper and dry faucet is mandatory. A leaky, malfunctioning one spoils the beauty of the place and makes it messy and untidy.

Anonymous said...

Most leaks can be fixed easily and inexpensively. But I guess what you have done is more practical than just repairing the leaks.

Althea Tumlin said...

Leaky pipes are very troublesome, especially if you have lots of wooden fixtures in the kitchen. Water leaks can get your wooden fixtures wet, and sometimes the water can cause the fixture to deteriorate. That’s why it’s best to tend to leaks as soon as the first signs are seen. By the way, the new modern look of your kitchen is just lovely!

Barry Bates said...

“…the house insurance paid for all but the plumbing work, and paid for the new cabinets, and MORE!” – That was indeed good news! I think that is the advantage of having an insurance policy. They will help you with these kinds of works, especially with the financial side, so you can save money for other things. By the way, the tiles look great! They look cool and easy on the eyes!

Gayle Manning said...

One good thing about leaks in the house is instant renovation. You’re lucky that your insurance was able to cover the damages and the renovation. It’s great that everything is now looking good with the remodel of your kitchen and a properly working drain pipe. =)

Bronx Drain Cleaning said...

Sorry to hear about the leak! Looks like it worked in your favor, though :)

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