The Heart of the SoMoToHo – The Kitchen – Part 5 of Many – Let There Be (Natural) Light

Natural light. There really isn’t any substitute. Here is a building that we stumbled into in Budapest, I believe, in which the entire ceiling was a skylight.2013-08-30 06.33.42And here is the auditorium of the public house in Prague, where natural light rules, despite the prevalence of available electric illumination:2013-09-05 03.30.40 Before we get to the SoMoToHo, I hope you’ll bear with me showing a couple more travel pics. Continue reading “The Heart of the SoMoToHo – The Kitchen – Part 5 of Many – Let There Be (Natural) Light”

The Heart of the SoMoToHo – The Kitchen – Part 4 of Many – The Turn to Progress

The pics above show bamboo scaffolding on a building under construction in Hong Kong. No metal. No wood. Just bamboo.

Construction methods in the SoMoToHo are not so exotic. Wood framing; sheet rock; tape, bed and texture; PVC pipe. The destruction is by no means over. But there has been a turn toward construction. You can begin to see the shape the new kitchen will take. For instance, the picture below shows that framing for the new window above the relocated sink has been done, showing where it will go, and the majority of the wiring has been completed (see the blue outlet boxes in the pic). Continue reading “The Heart of the SoMoToHo – The Kitchen – Part 4 of Many – The Turn to Progress”

The Heart of the SoMoToHo – The Kitchen – Part 3 of Many – Dust and Destruction

2014-03-14 05.00.11That’s not our kitchen. It’s pretty much the way our kitchen feels right now, but it’s not our kitchen. It’s El Born – an archaeological dig in Barcelona commemorating the time three hundred years ago (just yesterday, really) when Spain conquered Catalonia. If you’ve been to Barcelona, you know that the Catalans still are not pleased about it.  The SoMoToHo kitchen, like I said, is not so dire a situation. It just feels that way sometimes. And we’re doing some digging of our own: Continue reading “The Heart of the SoMoToHo – The Kitchen – Part 3 of Many – Dust and Destruction”

The Heart of the SoMoToHo – The Kitchen – Part Two of Many – Demo

Scotland 2011 006 (21)Demolishing existing structures is a necessary step in remodeling. It can be kind of fun and cathartic but after a couple of days, you begin to feel as if you’re living in ruins – and not lovely and romantic ruins like the old Holyrood Castle Abbey in Edinburgh, shown above.  The only way the SoMoToHo is going to get a new kitchen is for the old one to be torn out. So it was past time for things like this to go: Continue reading “The Heart of the SoMoToHo – The Kitchen – Part Two of Many – Demo”