The kitchen in the model is definitely what sold me on the house and on new construction. My current kitchen is nice. I designed it myself a few years ago. But the room is not big. I did what I could and we've got good cabinet and countertop space, but there's not a ton of room to move around. There's no way you could fit wall ovens. Realistically, how often am I going to use 2 ovens? But the thought of a Thanksgiving that is not an oven jigsaw puzzle has me giddy.
I was not settling for less than I wanted in the new kitchen, so we got:
- Morning room
- Gourmet kitchen island
- Premium II stainless steel appliances with the double wall oven configuration
- Scottsdale Square Maple Espresso cabinets (with the "enhancement" package -- sounds racy, but means extra trim)
- Luna Pearl granite countertops
- Brushed nickel fixtures
- Pre-wiring for pendant lights, which we will buy and add later
One thing we didn't like about the gourmet island in the Waverly was that there was only room for two stools at the very end. There's always someone sitting at our current kitchen counter when one of us is cooking and the kids also do homework there (usually while we're doing dishes). Our SR is awesome and suggested we extend it. We had to pay for it (of course), but for (more or less) the cost of the extra granite, we will be able to move the island a few inches and add a 6" overhang down the whole side.
What we didn't get: Fridge - we'll have to buy our own. Microwave - I mentioned this on someone else's blog a few days ago, but in our area, code requires microwaves to be mounted very high over gas cooktops. I'm 5'3" and would need a stepstool to put food in there. So, we're going to have them wire for a regular height, and add it ourselves later. (Apparently a lot of folks in our area do this.) Under-cabinet lights - We'll add them ourselves later. Backsplash - Also adding later (excited about cool glass tile or even glass and stainless options I've seen at Home Depot).
I can't wait to cook and entertain in this kitchen. Now, if only they'd hurry up and break ground ...
|Kitchen in the model.|
|Color choices: Espresso cabinets and luna pearl granite with our hardwood.|