My punch list, sadly, involves another round of buying stuff. And for me, kitchen appliances are a joyless purchase. I believe that planned obsolescence is real, meaning that manufacturers design appliances to last 10 years and break as soon after that as possible. As bad as that is, I think I loathe the way body styles on an appliance will “date” and require replacement even more.
Then I love to mock fancy kitchens that cost more than I paid for my house (and are usually ugly) and the “serious cooks” who claim to need them. There will definitely be more on this later because it’s fun to write.
Worst of all is the up and down buttons to change the oven temperature 5 degrees at a time. I don’t know who came up with this awful idea, but I have almost enough time to plan their while I get carpal tunnel rapidly pushing the touch pad to set the oven temperature.
Anyways, I don’t have the slightest interest in doing any of those things. And I’m especially uninterested in paying lots of money to do those things. First, I tried to snag this range.
It’s old enough that it probably wasn’t designed to break. And the oven temperature definitely isn’t controlled with a knob. I’d love something even older, but the really cool ones tend to be expensive and too big.
But that seller didn’t reply and I grabbed 3 white Maytag appliances instead. I still need a fridge, but I’m grateful to have the optional kitchen parts and a positive bank account balance.
I said that the kitchen is a work room and may as well work like one. That’s why I have a not-so-sexy over the range microwave and will not be putting wooden fronts on my appliances. But I’m not gonna lie. I’m glad the dishwasher has hidden controls. And it runs quietly to boot!
And you surely noticed the sink too. My mom told me I needed a pull down faucet, and I decided that makes sense. I decided first off that it has to be modern. I don’t like modern things anachronistically clad in period styles. I ended up not with the most modern one but the plainest. I think plain is what the house wants. I also bought the cheapest plastic drain I could get because a friend is giving me his garbage disposal whenever his building permits get approved. And boy is it CRAPPY.
Also, fun fact: some of the finishes offered double the cost of the faucet, and they aren’t under warranty. Something tells me that chrome plating is a thing for a reason. I also got my hopes up in a big way when I saw these prices. That was not to be, but I did well.
Then there are the thermostats. They’re sorta hooked up. But we realized that the plumber bought the wrong control panel for them. We also figured out that a zone valve control panel is optional and decided not to spring for it. I ordered a transformer, but this is on hold until whenever it arrives. I had this idea that I could exchange the control box thing I have, but alas, plumbing supply houses don’t have Home Depot’s no receipt needed, no questions asked return policy.