We took out the broken trees and put in new trees, so it’s time to think about remodeling the kitchen again.
Here’s our master plan:
1. Keep the flooring and floorplan as before.
We decided that it isn’t worth the additional expense to do something that might make things worse. If we had a contractor/architect we trusted we’d be more likely to be willing to mess with this, but we don’t, so we’re going to satisfice on this dimension.
2. Replace the countertops.
I want quartz countertops that look like marble to replace the cheap white laminate or whatever it is that turns yellow if you bleach it. Quartz and Granite have a lot of properties that I like– easy to clean, tough to crack, great for pastry (currently we do all our pastry stuff on a granite-top bureau in the dining room). DH also looked into “dekton” which is “in” but it doesn’t look any better than quartz and has a tendency to chip/crack according to consumer reports. I want quartz instead of granite because it is easier to get quartz that looks like marble! (I’m leaning into being forced to have a white kitchen.)
3. Get a new sink that is under the countertops (instead of having a lip) and doesn’t get that irritating water puddle.
I’m thinking stainless steel, keeping a double sink. I like double sinks.
4. Remove the ancient ice-maker (near the sink) and replace it with a cabinet.
We’re not sure that home depot is going to be able to handle making a custom cabinet, but our previous house-painter had someone good that he uses (who replaced a bunch of kitten destroyed cabinetry in our bathroom) so we might be able to get that figured out separately. Absent that I guess we could put in a wine fridge or something in that empty spot, but that would only be for increasing the value of the house, not something we would actually use. (We already have one of those hidden garbage drawers that we never use next to the sink.)
5. Replace the 30 inch electric stovetop.
This is our current sticking point. I feel weird replacing it given that it you know, still works. But DH doesn’t like electric (electric is slow to heat and cool… you get used to it, but it is easier cooking with gas) and says it’s rusting, which I guess it sort of is, but only around the burners not actually on top of them. If we were better about cleaning you’d never know. And it’ll be easier to replace it when we’re getting new countertop anyway. DH thought about expanding it, but then we might have to cut into our cabinets which we don’t want to do. Besides, we never use all four burners at the same time anyway.
We thought we were going to just get gas. We have a gas hookup under the range that has never been used, but in theory could be easy to get in working order. At least, it’s more likely than if there wasn’t a gas hookup there.
But then DH started looking into induction stovetops. I was initially hesitant as I thought you had to buy special cookware. Turns out you just need to have *nice* cookware with magnetic bottoms, which our le crueset and caphalon stuff already have [UPDATE: our caphalon stuff is at most marginally magnetic on the bottom… if we went with this option we might have to get a new “induction ready” set, or we’d just be down to two le crueset and the cast iron skillet]. Induction stovetops are also safer– no open flames, no carbon monoxide, etc. And they’re way faster than electric at heating things up. But they might hum, which would be annoying.
DH is thoroughly investigating each of these options and has been instructed to come up with a top choice from gas and a top choice from induction. This will probably take considerable time, knowing DH. Right now he’s annoyed by how everything he’s been looking at seems to have a combination of 5 and 1 stars (and nothing in between)… quality control is not a priority for companies.
And that’s it. We already replaced the fluorescent lighting and we already have fancy under lighting. The cabinets already have all sorts of fancy drawer choices. The pantry is still amazing and will not be touched. We might replace the refrigerator, but that’s something that can be done separately given there’s already a big space for a fridge. We decided not to do the ovens because I like having a double oven and even though the top oven is a really bad height for me, it’s a great height for DH. So I can just keep using the bottom one.
Once DH has finished his researching, we plan to make an appointment at home depot and get them to hire contractors from the nearest city to take care of everything. That worked well with our bathroom flooring. We’re not going with a local contractor because all the ones with webpages have horrific looking “after” photos. I mean, I get that some people have really bad taste, but that’s not something you want to advertise on your website!
Tell me about your stovetop. Or any kitchen renovation thoughts.