GUTTING OUR NEW HOUSE AND HANGING ON TO OUR BUDGET FOR DEAR LIFE
Appliances

Today's Topics Of Conversation

An example of my notes-to-self prior to talking with LC today, and his answers in red:


Counter-depth vs. standard fridge and design implications. Either will work, but Standard is recommended. You get more for your money and the difference in this case is only a few inches.

Confirm fire-blocking is done. Done downstairs and upstairs.

Discuss upstairs floors - can we keep old floors? Should we keep old floors? We’ll discuss when the time is right.

Central Air - where upstairs will it be stored? The entire length of the eaves on one side of the house.

Countertops going up wall providing a short backsplash? Recommended? Either way is fine.

Washer/dryer - should we put counter over them? Not recommended since they are so deep. A cabinet above them, however, is recommended.

Basin for washing machine? Will look into it.

Plow for the snow we’re expecting? Will handle it, if needed.

Install landline? Just say where it goes.

And...


An example of LC’s agenda for talking to us, my responses in black:


Interior doors. We need to decide on a style soon. We’ll get back to you.

Door handles. Gotta choose those since they match the hinges, and need an answer soon.
We’ll get back to you.

Front and Back doors. It’s recommended they be replaced since they aren’t insulated at all. Gotta decide soon.
We’ll get back to you.

Return vent for Central Air. Where do we want it? It’s gonna start being installed Monday.
We’ll get back to you.

Obviously, LC is much better at answering questions than I am.

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Homework From The Cabinet Lady

Turns out the kitchen cabinets can’t be ordered until we get a fridge and give them the dimensions to ensure the cabinets will fit around it. So on a fridge hunt we go.

STYLE
Due to the tight swing space for the door, we’ll need either Side by Side or French Doors.

COLOR
White

BRAND
The family and friends poll turned out these top choices:
Whirlpool
Kenmore
GE

Online Reviews and Consumer Reports research added these:
Liebherr & Sub Zero
Samsung
Kitchen Aid

DEPTH
Counter-Depth Pros:
Looks nicer since it doesn’t stick out too far from the cabinets
Gives us more of a walkway through the room
No digging around for things in the back of the fridge because there’s no back of the fridge to dig around in

Standard Size Pros:
Costs less
Has significantly more capacity
Has a ‘back of the fridge’ to store things in

FEATURES
Not sure what features we’ll get in the end, but based on comments all over the web, I know what we aren’t getting: An Ice-maker. It seems to be the main reason fridges break down.

OUR TOP TWO SO FAR ARE COUNTER-DEPTH:
Kenmore counter-depth french door:
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Whirlpool counter-depth side-by-side:
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