Estimator and Client: Greg Kihm
Scope of Work: Kitchen Remodeling, Tile Installation, Carpentry
Timeline: 2 months
Location: Morristown, NJ
At Monk’s, we understand the home remodeling process first-hand. Monk’s Director of Projects and homeowner, Greg Kihm, recently remodeled his Morristown, NJ kitchen. Greg’s project was a little more complicated than the typical kitchen remodel. He lives in a 130-year-old home whose kitchen hadn’t been upgraded since the 1950s. There was a beautiful original chimney that Greg wanted to incorporate into the remodel, as well as a radiator that he cleverly hid in the kitchen island design. As with many remodels of homes this age, once the demo began a number of surprises were uncovered which needed to be addressed before the kitchen could be completed.
Kitchen Remodel in Morristown
Greg’s remodel required a complete gut to the framing. When we opened the walls up, a problem with the joist under the upstairs bathroom became apparent. This required Greg and his team to remove all the plumbing. Then he repaired all the floor joists by installing 2 x 10 joists bolted to the existing joists. The plumbing was then reinstalled. The carpenters dropped the kitchen ceiling by 6″ in order to cover the plumbing.
The wall between the kitchen and family room was removed to allow for a more modern open-plan living space. We replaced it with a partial wall to define the space. The extended ledge with its granite top a provides additional counter space and a place for guests to gather and rest drinks while staying out of the main prep space.
Monk’s chemically treated and restored this well-used chimney. It then was able to provide a unique and functional vent hood, full of historic charm, for the new stove.
To make wall space for cabinets, we removed 2 double-hung windows and closed the wall.
This kitchen required more structural modifications in order to level the kitchen floor. So, this necessitated the main beam in the basement to be leveled by repairing and reinforcing it. We brought in a 6 x 6 pressure treated, engineered beam which we installed underneath the kitchen.
After the floor was level, the tilers were able to lay a unique, custom designed floor tile.
Carpenters put in the lower and upper cabinets next. In order to maintain the existing heating system, we had the radiator relocated from the wall into the center island. The steam pipe was relocated and built into the island cabinet. We insulated the internal wall of the cabinet and hung grated cabinet doors to allow the heat to vent to the kitchen.
The granite countertops went in and the finish trim was installed. Painters applied a pretty blue paint to the walls. What a kitchen upgrade! To see all the photos of this extensive project, visit the Kitchen Remodel in Morristown NJ project page.
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