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The end of March also brings a flurry of work on cabinets. We wanted cabinets that were good looking, inexpensive, well built and custom fit. The only way to get all that was to build them ourselves. With the proper tools, you can make your own cabinetry. We had accumulated much of the tools from making the cabinets from the previous house: joiner, planer, drill press, finish and staple guns, nice table saw, joining jigs, biscuit tools, sanders, and a newly acquired drum sander.
I had argued that we only needed 4 cabinets: bathroom, cooktop, sink, and oven. The rest could be built once we moved in. It turned out that we really need all the bottom cabinets to be made at the same time. However, we could cheat by not making any drawers, doors, or upper cabinets, which was a big savings of time.
It took around a month and a half to build the cabinets, install the granite tile counters, and install the sinks and appliances:
By May 5th Steve built the railing for the stairwell (AKA buffalo jump):