It did cost an extra $150 to have him come out twice. But I didn't know enough about countertop manufacture to know what could or couldn't be done before. I think it was worth it because having him there for the rough draft allowed the final version to be better. I also asked for clarification on why he suggested I cut out notches from the top supports for the sink cabinet. I showed him the clips and mentioned how they bend into place. Then he pointed out that you still tighten them with a screwdriver and the notches are for the scredriver, not the clips. All is now clear. It will be done.
The bar will seat 3 comfortably and look good too. It's 13" deep which is what the previous bar was. I liked it well enough without the edge that stuck into my walkway and narrowed it to 2.3 feet. That and the grotty grout was bad too. And the old (meaning damaged and grungy) epoxy painted wood edges, blech. I'll have a 3' opening below the counter edges and 3' less 2" at the counter height. There's heapo plenty room to move the fridge out or other appliances should that ever be necessary. And someone in a wheelchair could get in and out. Might not be able to reach the sink, but that can be retrofit, right?
Lastly, the small pony wall wraparound was a little warped (2"x3"s were inherently funky even after cherry picking) but I managed, in the half hour between getting home and the templater showing up, to re-settle it with a shim so it's level and straight. Was a lot faster and easier than I expected it to be and now I don't have to worry about it, like I do the rest of these things.
Punch list before countertops:
- Figure out the filler between corner cabinet and dishwasher and install it squared and leveled.
- Make sure the electrical conduit is secured in place.
- Figure out endcap of small pony wall (probably not drywall).
- See if there's a fire retardant, thin something I can use inside the small pony wall next to the dishwasher (optional).
- Add drywall, patch, texturize, prime.
- Check one last time that the devil counter between the stove and fridge is square and level.
- Locate and cut out notches on sink base cabinet.
- Cut out hole(s) for dishwasher water lines and prime around them.
- Install plates for affixing the top front panels of the sink cabinet.
- Attach new drains and faucet to kitchen sink. See about new rubber gasket for garbage disposal.
- Install kitchen sink with source and drain hookup.
- Attach garbage disposal and dishwasher.
- Attach doors to all lower cabinets and pantry.
- Cut, adhere and grout floor tile.
- Paint drywall of pony wall.
- Install toe-kicks
- Install edging around exposed edges of cabinets that aren't perfectly flush.
- Confirm all upper cabinets are level.
- Figure out the range hood.
- Prime upper wall behind the stove. Rearrange pot hooks.
- Put all my stuff where it now goes. Because it has a place!
- Vacuum, wipe, and scrub drywall dust off of everything I own.