The short answer: very soon!
We are in the thick of installing cabinets, flooring, tile...we have countertop people coming next week...looking at installing our stairs next week...
It's a lot of nitpicky decisions: faucets, trim, sinks..
I enjoy some of the nitpicky stuff. Not so much others.
The kitchen has been an interesting project. We purchased online from Ikea. We (i.e. Andrew) assembled the cabinet boxes/frames and our foreman and another carpenter have been doing the install. It was a steep learning curve for them. Not one that was necessarily enjoyable; I would think.
Thankfully, they are pretty easy going and don't hold grudges (btw my contractor is Graham Surette from Graham Construction and my foreman is Pat.). It's been a very collaborative experience, thus far, and I can't really think of a time where we felt out of the loop or upset. If anything, I was afraid I would upset them sometimes with my requests and they have been nothing but accommodating.
I just joke with them and say that I am their Ikea kitchen guinea pig, as I am sure the requests for their kitchens will increase when Ikea opens in Halifax, later in the year.
We ended up going with a recommendation from a friend (Hi Heidi!) for our countertops: Livingstone out of Mount Uniacke (www.livingstonehfx.ca) They are close to Halifax but their wholesale prices for quartz are amazing (with a $300 price for delivery). Their email correspondence is soo sharp (which I love cuz I hate cold-calling) and they are super organized thus far.
Our appliances are all through our local Leons. We spent a lot of time researching appliances. While of course, I haven't used any of them yet....hopefully the excellent reviews on the brands we chose will hold true. We decided to go with a Bosch dishwasher, an LG fridge and a Samsung range.
Hold up....I know Samsung doesn't have a great rep....hear me out...
I wanted a dual fuel, propane convertible, induction, double oven, slide-in range. Pretty darn specific....basically a step under some small commercial grade ranges. It's not a common occurrence. Kitchen Aid sells one, Samsung does...and I have seen an LG one. The Samsung version has awesome reviews...not so much the Kitchen Aid.
I wanted the ease of the propane with the best oven for baking...with the convenience of a double oven...without paying the price for double wall ovens.
Stay tuned to see how it works.
Finally, we are working collaboratively on our flooring and tile with our local C & C flooring. We have been working closely with Kirk and our installer is Jamie. Both are amazing! I am super pumped about our tub tile surrounds (check out my posts on Instagram) and our backsplash.
Here's some kitchen inspiration to leave you with: