The demolition went well. It didn't take long and it wasn't as noisy as I feared.
They have the tile off...
The cheap components revealed.
The cabinets were entirely constructed of melamine, which is particle board with a plastic coating on each face. Particle board is made from scrap wood and it's good to use scrap. But how can you recycle melamine? The Recycling Center wouldn't take it. The glue and plastic mean you can't even burn it.
It's used a lot in kitchen cabinets, even fairly high end ones. I think it is a bad material especially since you can't recycle it. The island became this pile of trash.
The footprint left behind. The kitchen seems huge now!