The big kitchen island was installed today. It is a big butcher block island 3×7 feet. The Pacific Madrone butcher block was custom made for this kitchen. It is amazing in the variation in colors in the wood. Finished with a hard wax oil it is food safe and durable.
Working on a kitchen remodel in SW Portland we removed a tile floor in preparation to put in a new red oak floor. The new oak floor will match the rest of the house. When we got to the ares of the floor just below the blue wall we found a hole in the sub floor filed with cement. Under the cement a few rows of bricks from the base of what used to be chimney. With a bit of additional framing and a few pieces of 3/4 plywood the sub floor was patched and ready for the new hardwood floor.
A great way to get started with a project is to collect materials and samples of products that you like. We are working on a kitchen remodel that will feature a butcher block island. In this photo are samples of butcher block hard woods in Pacific Madrone and Western Walnut. Both of these woods are harvested locally and are FSC certified woods.
This year the CCB is requiring contractors to have 16 hours of continuing education in building practices, building code changes and other issues. We are current with these changing contractor requirements. Some contractors are grumbling about the cost and time required to meet these new regulations. We have seen it as chance to learn more about building.
Some code changes just make good sense; for example bathrooms over 50 sq ft need ventilation fans, and all kitchen ranges need to have stove top fans. These are good code changes that will help to improve indoor air quality.