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Step one in the kitchen reno was raising the drop ceiling. We have 9 foot ceilings in the rest of the apartment, but less than 8 in the kitchen. By raising the ceiling we gained 18 more inches. Enough for 39 inch cabinets and a hanging pot rack.

The tool of choice for such tasks: A Sawsall rented from the recently opened Chelsea Home Depot

The Renovator: Joe & His Sawsall

Most of the debris was cleaned up by the time this was taken. At the top of the photo you can see the skeleton from the ceiling. Still attached are the highhats.

By the end of the day we had 11 large garbage bags of drywall and other construction debris.