Arranging for delivery got complicated. The builder wanted the dishwasher and microwave delivered early enough for the appropriate subcontractors to install them and wanted the range and fridge delivered at the very end so they wouldn't be in the way and at risk of damage. Home Depot wanted to deliver all of the appliances at once. After a little negotiation, the builder agreed to have them all delivered at once. I took some time off work to be at the house when the delivery came. The fridge, range, and microwave came off the truck as expected, but the dishwasher somehow got dropped from the order. So, we had two large appliances in the way and lacked one that we needed to install. After a few calls and another morning off work a week later, all the appliances were present.
We chose an induction range. The range creates a magnetic field that induces current in the pan to heat up the pan. That cuts the electricity use substantially compared to a resistance range, but we would need a century for the utility bill savings to justify the extra cost. The main justification is that it improves cooking. It responds to setting changes immediately. It also cooks fast. Maybe we will make up the cost by eating out less often. We had to buy new pots and pans, but Julie didn't consider that a drawback. The oven can be used as a conventional oven or as a convection oven. I really appreciate that, unlike our previous oven, when my daughter makes cookies the bottoms don't burn before the rest gets baked.
|The induction range|
We followed the advice of our kitchen designer and chose a counter-depth refrigerator. You would think less depth would be cheaper, but the opposite is true. It costs more to get one that is smaller in that dimension. It still has plenty of capacity for us and it is nice that it doesn't stick out as far.
We bought a new washer and dryer when we moved into the apartment during construction. We had to move and install those ourselves.