So, we remodeled our kitchen and livingroom. 3 1/2 months later, it is done. Whew.
Here is what happened:
Took out the soffits that ran along the top of the kitchen cabinets and dining room, which made the space tight and enclosed feeling.
Lowered the dividing wall between the kitchen and dining room (this made the space feel much more open)
Removed extraneous free-standing walls between kitchen and dining room opening up the door way (So we could get in and out easier!)
Replaced the wall board, primered, textured, and painted
Put in new Cabinets (made by Kitchen Craft) with a natural cherry finish, the cabinets are nice as they are soft and self closing, as part of that process we got rid of a small useless counter top and make the wall with the fridge a panty wall, with nice deep drawers, microwave cubby, and pull out pantry shelves, and moved the fridge toward the middle. We also added in a built in bench seat with storage under the bay window.
Put in Corian countertops, replacing the old (horrible) two bin sink with one big seamless tub with the disposal in the bottom. The counter tops have a seamless integrated back that goes all the way up to under the cabinets so it is easy to keep clean and sanitary
Put in a new stove, duel fuel, gas top and electric convection on the bottom, with a warming tray. Also a new microwave, both by GE
Using a self adhesive metal tile we made a nice mosaic behind the stove all the way up to the hood
A new hood with a very nice looking coving that goes all the way to the celling. The hood has several light levels and a very powerful fan (at the highest level it is quite powerful but a little loud) at the low and medium settings, it is both quiet and powerful.
The floor in the kitchen, entry, and great room was re-done in hardwood flooring
New lights (all LED), and fan complete the kitchen