Adam and I had a 24 hour marathon to tidy up our garage in hopes of achieving "Additional Living Quarters" status (very important for legal reasons).
First, Adam removed exhaust pipes from our rocket mass heater (coincidentally, the power was out).
We wanted to make the place look more "normal" and since we want to modify the exhaust flow anyway and don't need the heat for another few months, it seemed worth it. Stay tuned for the all night re-installation of those pipes as the weather cools...
Our builder friend Jake graciously accommodated our short notice and came to weld the remaining counter top frame. He also did the sink frame back in December. I bought him:
1" x 1/4" square bar for floor supports
1" square tube 1/8" thick for vertical supports
1 1/2" angle iron for counter top supports
He welded everything onsite, which was educational for the whole family. After he left and the kids were all asleep, we bolted it to the floor using a drill hammer and wedge anchors.
It was thrilling to see the beginnings of my kitchen finally take the shape I have envisioned for months. It really will look wonderful when all finished.
(decided to not remove the RM barrel)
For the "long term temporary" counter top, Adam cut nice quality 3/4" plywood. My jaw dropped when the sink hole was cut out...it looked so beautiful :)
I helped Adam with the construction but also rearranged furniture and cleaned out old refrigerator to move food into the new garage fridge and freezer. We wanted to make the space look like our hobby/game/office space.
Then, we used an interesting plywood called Iron Ply to cover the faces, anchored with self-tipping screws and washers. It gave an overall IKEA / plywood / wood veneer look that was more pleasant than expected. In the end, I want a light white and grey marble or other swirled stone counter top with either stained wood or sheet metal facing. Our little firehouse is going for the white and black vintage industrial look.
A little D&D in the early morning light.
....And, 10 am we are done.