The new kitchen exceeds my expectations. Breaking down one wall made both the kitchen and dining area feel larger. The light is wonderful. Steve, who put up with the idea of remodeling but wasn't enthusiastic, loves the new kitchen. We love the floor, the appliances, the faucet. The cabinets are well made and good looking. The new units Bob Mason made to replace the ruined mid-century modern cabinets worked out really well. The white quartz counter is good. The extra storage and counter space is great.
Here are photos that don't do it justice:
Last Friday, I wrote a check to the contractor for the final payment, and now that we have a completed sleek new kitchen and increasingly distant memories of coughing through construction dust, big bills, a grouchy contractor, the delay and expense of getting new cabinets and shelves to replace the ruins of the mid-century modern cabinets that were supposed to be refinished, and a grouchy contractor. Oh, did I mention that already? I know, but he was a really grouchy contractor.
Well, I don't want to leave it on a sour note because, ultimately, they did a good job and didn't leave us hanging. Good job, Lower East Side Curmudgeons.