Today was a marathon day. This morning we set out to look at potential cabinets, countertops and appliances and by 4:00 we were back home, exhausted but in good spirits.
You see, today we bought a range.
We had a few requirements going in…30″ wide, duel fuel, and a stainless steel, professional appearance. Budget constraints eliminated most of the higher end options (Dacor, Viking, Wolf, etc.), so we steered towards the Bosch, GE, and Jennair models. In fact, at the top of my favorites list was the GE Cafe line. Although only a few years old, the range has received good reviews in various consumer reports, and met our functional and aesthetic goals. It was still a bit out of our price range, so imagine our surprise and delight when we saw the exact model on sale in the open box section (at Albert Lee Appliance)…we couldn’t pass it up! Here are the stats: 30″ duel fuel (gas burners and electric convection oven), with a griddle insert and a second lower oven that can also be used as a warming drawer. It gets delivered next week and will reside in our basement for the time being.
We also had a successful trip to IKEA and are formulating the final design and layout for the cabinets. We’re in the process of updating and tweaking our sketchup model and will post some images soon.