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Nice home in Waltham, the mission.... typical kitchen remodel, and build a computer/desk area to match. 

This is what we walked into on day one. The customer had already recruited the kids to clean out the kitchen, cabinets and remove all the doors.

Now the fun begins!

After removing all the waste, and cleaning up the mess (thanks Frankie!) I start by determining the lowest point on the ceiling. The upper cabinets can not be pushed right up to the ceiling because it's not perfectly level. (It never is!) 

Also notice the pipes sting thru the wall at the floor and near the ceiling, more challenges to consider. The upper cabinet needs to have a hole cut in the back for the pipe to poke thru, The lower Corner cabinet is just narrow enough to allow the pipes to sneak thru behind.

Here you can easily see the ceiling line, the room slopes 3/4" in eight feet. The cabinets are level! Later trim will hide the difference.

The lower cabinets have the same problem, in fact the far right cabinet is sitting on some scrap 3/4" stock. 

After day 2, all the cabinets are hung, countertops installed, and the plumbing is complete. 

Day 3 we replace one short section of countertop (still learning to read a tape) install the microwave, make the valence over the window, ceiling trim and base trim. Also the upper cabinets for the computer area are installed. 

Notice the light over the stove, can't install the doors because they hit the light!

Ah day 4! Ceiling trim hides allot, eh? I tapered the trim 1/2" in eight feet to help hide the ceiling line. Matching window trim is installed and work begins on the desk.
We also enjoyed two very nice meals right here in the kitchen!
Just another view...hey you need some curtains there!
Looking back from the stove, the desk area is complete. These are 30 in tall cabinets, which posed a few problems hiding the computer tower. 
The 17-1/4" computer tower is hiding in this cabinet. But the door opening is only 15" tall and the disk drives would hit the rail between the drawer and door. I didn't want to cut a hole in the bottom of the cabinet and lower the floor. So the only other option was to remove the rail and raise the drawer 1/4"

The drawer was easy, just add 1/4" shim between the bottom of the drawer and the drawer slide.

But the rail was a little more challenging! After cutting out the old rail, I fashioned a new one from matching filler stock. Also it had to be set back to be flush with the face frame when closed.




The computer fits in there nicely! The whole thing looks a little funky when it's open, but is invisible when closed. 

For ventilation, to remove heat, I cut hole in the back of the cabinet, and another in the side, with a decorative grill and trim. 

What a mess of wires!

 
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