According to the previous posts, it appears we have been some place other than home.
During that time away, we did however, receive word from our dog/house sitter, Stephen, there had been a 'water leak.'
One of our neighbors, Trent, is a plumber, and he came over immediately to do what he could to help out.
There's no need for detail here, other than when speaking with the insurance gal, she said that on a scale of 1 t0 10, our damage was a 1.
OK. That doesn't sound too bad.
We did message back-and-forth with Stephen who mentioned that the water had made it's way to the downstairs and several of the ceiling tiles were now floor tiles. And . . . that a suspended speaker was no longer in suspension.
He did mention there was water on the kitchen floor, so I asked him to take the rug outside so the wooden floor could dry out. He did.
Once we landed in Grand Junction yesterday, I let him know we were home.
He texted back to say, "OK ! Glad you're back ! Hope you had a great time. Hope the kitchen isn't too much of a shock."
It was at this point, I began trying to visualize our kitchen. Not much had been said about the kitchen other than a pipe started leaking under the sink and water ran down into the basement and the rug in the kitchen was wet.
My visualization was something like this: Everything under the sink had been pulled out. The rug was in the garage drying or possibly freezing. And maybe, the table that sits in the middle of the kitchen had been moved.
That's about what I imagined.
Not in my wildest dreams did I visualize this !
From another perspective !
Please, also notice the sink is sitting on the floor.
(They took everything BUT the kitchen sink.)
The faucet is the larger upside-down-U-looking-thing.
The smaller upside-down-U-looking-thing was the culprit.
It wasn't a frozen pipe that thawed. We're still waiting for that to happen as soon as our temps rise above 32 degrees.
The most favorite thing in my kitchen other than my microwave and refrigerator.
(Notice I did not mention my stove.)
THE HOT SPOT.
Instant hot water.
For tea. For dog food. For anything that you need to use with boiling water.
It was great until it flooded our house.
So, if you have one of these miniature hot water heaters under YOUR sink, BEWARE !
I never did like those cabinets too much at all, so my conversation with theHansMan last night did cover maybe getting new ones. He wasn't in favor of that until today when he learned the clean up crew threw them away. (TeeHeeHee) There are other cabinets that did survive. The ones above the counter top. The pantry doors. And the cabinets around and above the wet bar. Which brings up this question ? Do they ALL go and we get ALL new ones ? OR, do we replace with the exact-same-thing and then maybe paint them for a new look ?
Remember I mentioned the clean up crew tossed the cabinets ? They did the same with the wooden floor. (That could be a problem if one is concerned about matching the rest of the wooden floor that's still in tact.) (I'm not.)
And yes, those are more boxes. At some point, it will be like Christmas when we open them.
And no, that's not a yellow rubber chicken in that box.
All that to ask this:
If you were redesigning your kitchen, what would you include ?
Please give me your suggestions and any sites with ideas.
P.S. One thing I don't like is a cluttered countertop with toasters, coffee makers, juicers, mixers, etc. Any ideas how to design a counter top with a cabinet that allows these to sit hidden when not being used ? In other words, instead of having a 'back-splash,' is to have a built-in for small appliances.