Originally Posted by Marvelleaux
I vote that Willo gets the Grand Prize for Nesting. Kitchen remodel! Wow!
Hey, this is my well-earned reward.
We bought our house in 2001. We could've spent a lot more, but we opted for financial caution and bought what we could easily afford so I could stay home when we had kids (2003.)
We've done all kinds of BORING work on the house--new roof, dry basement system, insulation, heating system upgrades--but NOTHING cosmetic except for a necessary exterior paint job and having the nursery stripped/painted.
Finally, I get to have a "sexy" home improvement project!!!
All of our friends (who live in "better" neighborhoods and drive nicer cars) will be able to see why we love our old house, at least a little bit. It is solid and well-built, but cosmetically challenged. My kitchen appliances are circa 1964--aqua blue GE cooktop and oven, neither of which work well, plus no doubt energy pigs. I WILL GET MY DISHWASHER INSTALLED. Oh, heaven! Oh, bliss! My new fridge alone should use about 20% of the energy of the old one, so I also think I'll be saving electricity and water with the new appliances.
I think I deserve this. We are generally fiscally conservative (ahem--cheap!) and, while it seems a shocking expense, I know it will add value to our home, plus make my life SO much easier. If nothing else, now I will feel safe letting my kids into the kitchen. DS was always kept out with gates! Our stove has push-buttons on the front at toddler eye-level. Our garbage disposal switch is also at toddler level. I can't wait to have room for a small dining table in there so I won't have to vacuum carpet after every meal.
I'm still kind of amazed that this is happening, really. I think I'll be shocked when they start work.