Progress - not problems
We are in the intermediate stage - the old cabinets are out, the electrician is finished, the drywall is almost completely patched, taped, mudded and textured. Walls are prepped for painting. I will be able to start painting the ceiling this evening, and hopefully I'll have walls done by the end of the week. I can't wait to see how the colors I chose look on the whole wall and ceiling!
The only problem we have had so far is that we found a soft spot in the floor, in front of the patio door. Luckily, we allowed plenty of time for contingencies, and the guy doing the drywall work is a contractor, and can do anything. He cut out the wet plywood, patched in new, and found and fixed the source of the leak.
I saw the Dan the cabinetmaker this morning, to make my next payment of 40% (I paid 25% in February to get on the schedule). He is slightly behind - he is finishing a project before starting mine, and ran into some problems that need to be addressed. I told him that made me happy - I know he'll address all of MY problems before moving on. He'll call me this week with a firm install date (either the week of July 15 or 22). Our original install date was July 15, so he's only a little bit behind. He said install will take 2 - 3 days.
The Cambria fabricator is on standby - he has my slab, and as soon as Dan gives him a firm date that the base cabinets will be in, we'll get templated. Install will be 2 - 3 weeks after that.
Dan gave me a sample with the stain I chose. I'll take it home tonight, and either give him the go-ahead or make an adjustment. My pulls arrived last week - that was the very last thing I needed to get.
We'll be on vacation all next week, so the waiting will be easier (and that's why I want to finish painting this week). We will be without a working kitchen for only 5 weeks, not counting the week we're on vacation. So far, so good!