As you may know, in Florida they don't build homes on basements or crawl spaces but instead they just pour a giant concrete slab. If you're trying to take out a wall with electrical running through it to an island then you'll need to remove the wall and create an electrical trench in the slab. Here's our story of renovation woes...
All in all, here is a quick break down of the steps we took to re-route the electric:
After scouring the internet and looking at thousands of kitchens we came across the kitchen shown above, it was love at first sight. We had finally both agreed on something- the first of this renovation!! The offsetting grey and white cabinets, the color of the granite counter tops, the sink, appliances, the angles of the walls...everything just lined up with our vision. We used this picture to settle any arguments, if it was in the picture, that was what we went with.
You'll notice in our wonderful purple "before" kitchen, that our island had a floating wall attached to it. We debated if it was worth it to remove this wall and pay an electrician to run new wiring through the floor. Long story short- it was worth every penny!
This was our first home renovation so every time we took on a new task it took us a few weeks to find the right person for the job. I finally found a guy to come out and cut our slab with a giant saw. It cost $350 and took about an hour. I showed him where to start and end and he took it from there. It was hard for him to get flush with the wall, which created difficulties for the electrician later but in the end it didn’t matter since we installed a cabinet over it.
Then came the job of filling in the hole. The electrician told me he only needed a 3"x3" hole...we got about a 9"x9". I didn't realize the slab itself isn't very thick, and it's just dirt down there...it makes sense now, I guess I just never thought about it. So once the electrician ran his conduit across, I got to play with concrete. I've laid some concrete before but I've never had to mix it. Again, long story short, don't buy the quicksetting concrete if you've never done it before. I purchased the concrete that dries in 20 minutes....I ended up with a trash bucket full of hard concrete. :( Eventually I got the hang of it and by the end it was nice and smooth. The company that installed our wood floors had no issues since the floor was glued down.