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Yin & Yang – Energy Efficient Home Renovation Update

Yin & Yang – Energy Efficient Home Renovation Update
December 5, 2013 Cassee Cunningham

MetalCabinet CollageIt’s time for an update on the energy efficient renovation.

Just when I thought I was going to have to deliver a negative post, I got some great news!  The negative is: we are in a holding pattern waiting day after non-working day on city inspections. The good news is, in 2 words: Metal cabinets.

This project has spent as much time on waiting for inspections, and inspectors that don’t show up, as it has on actual work hours. I’m so frustrated, but it’s wasted energy. Apparently, in the downturn of the housing market and halt on new construction, inspectors were let go.  I have heard there are as few as 4 inspectors conducting all construction inspections for my area.  I appreciate that, but I don’t understand not showing up for scheduled inspection times.  In the meantime, nothing can go forth until each inspection is complete. We are down to insulation and drywall which cumulatively is 7 to 10 days of work, but have been waiting for 3 weeks for the framing inspection. Arghh.

Now the good news.

At the beginning of this project, I recycled a bank of metal cabinets from Clines Country Antiques. I haven’t written too much about the interior design aspect of the project, but we are planning to sprinkle in mid-century modern.  This bank of original, Youngstown Ohio-made, metal cabinets complete with cast iron sink was just the show piece I was looking for.  It was in great shape, sitting in the field, behind the barn at Clines, but it needed a fresh look.  Upon the suggestion of my cabinet maker Kevin of Q Fine Cabinetry, I took the cabinets to an auto body shop to get a new shiny fabulous coat of paint.  Rudy from Kuztom in South End did such a great job! He even refinished the chrome of the door and drawer pulls.  My new metal cabinets almost make up for the inspectors.  Feast your eyes.

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy Holiday season so far.  Thanks for keeping up with me and my energy efficient home renovation through my blog!