Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New Kitchen

We're moving right along with our addition plans.  We've gotten financing and locked in at a good interest rate and talked to our contractor last week.  He told us to contact the HVAC man and electrician to have them come look at our house and see what we need to add.  He told us to also pick out our cabinets.  He can't really give us a bid until he know all of those things.

So, Sat. the HVAC man came and then we went and looked at cabinets.  The man who we were supposed to work with was not there Saturday, so we went back yesterday.  Though I've pinned a hundred kitchens on Pinterest and have a kitchen idea book on Houzz, I did not realize how many decisions we had to make.  I didn't really pay attention to all of the little details. We were with the guy for about an hour and a half and made lots of decisions.  We're going with maple cabinets painted white with grey speckled granite counters and a red island with a butcher block top.  We picked bead board cabinets but when he asked if we wanted up and down I had no idea what he was talking about.  He showed us and we agreed we wanted up and down--just not all cabinets the same in a row.  I want a farmhouse sink, but didn't realize there were so many choices.  He was pushing for a stainless steel, but I really want porcelain with some decoration on it.  When he asked about bathroom cabinets I realized I hadn't even thought about the bathroom.  He suggested we go with bead board in there, too.  I don't want it to look like we hit a cabinet sale and everything is the same, but he thought the bead board would look the best.  He's going to come up with a plan with everything we want and we'll go back and look at his pictures next week.

Then we went to the local appliance store where we've always bought appliances, and there were more major decisions.  We wanted a 36 inch stove, and the first one he showed us was $5200.  We were kind of shocked.  It had six burners, but I told him there was no way I could watch 6 burners at once, so we decided on a 30 inch for about half as much.  We're going with stainless appliances and started with all Kitchen Aid, but when we went with the smaller stove we switched to GE.  There were lots more decisions and we did not buy them yet, but we now have a pretty good idea of what we want.  By the time we got home, we were both mentally exhausted.

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