Wednesday, July 23, 2008

We did that!

The Trust staff can finally claim construction experience on our personal resumes! Yesterday, we headed to our restoration project at 276 Hydrick Street to assist the contractor with assembly of the kitchen cabinets from IKEA. Kristi has recent experience installing IKEA cabinets in her own kitchen, so her knowledge was put to great use!

IKEA's cabinets come in flat boxes, so "assembly required"is an understatement. The contractor had already installed the cabinet frames in the kitchen. Trust staff, along with Erin (the future homeowner), put together drawers first. We then assembled the hinges. After lunch we started to install the tracts for the drawers and hang the doors. It was rewarding work to see the cabinetry come together.

Yesterday's work on site gave us an appreciation for the pace of restoration work. The HVAC unit had not yet been set on site, so the only repreive from the 101 degree heat was a box fan and refreshing water and Gatorade. It is incredible that contractors work in the heat daily! Despite the weather, it was a great chance to take an active role in a project and share time with a homeowner and contractor. It was exciting to see Erin's customized design take shape. Plus, it further proved that for the Trust, every day is different--our work is not limited to a desk and email and phone calls....truly a fun change of pace we will attempt again in the future!

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