Two exciting pieces of news:
#1 - our microwave/hood does vent! Who knew? Ed did...
#2 - as a result I put the kibosh on buying a new over the range microwave. I might be able to find a place in the kitchen for the micro to live, and then I will get a real range hood. Thrilling, I know. I have not ordered anything yet since I want to keep my options open for a bit. You know, get moved in and see how that kitchen is working. If counter space is at a huge premium, perhaps I will go over the range with the micro after all. But now I have options!
Of course, this news led JWH to ask if we should reconsider our stove purchase. I said no, since while we did go with a range that was rated as safe for a non - venting hood, it's still more than enough stove for us. And I fear the others are even more expensive/ridiculous...
On that note, we got this:
Let's just discuss the price in these few words: so much money that they felt the need to throw in a $1500 dishwasher free with purchase. There. Done. Moving on.
We also needed a fridge, as you may recall. Having handles being considered a bare minimum, right? Well we ended up with a fridge from a brand we had never even heard of (Blomberg), with features we did not need or even believe in (a blue light to keep produce fresher???). But it was pretty (and it was larger inside that the Fisher & Paykel that we thought was our only option - so we are not total fools):
See the blue light? I will keep you posted on the status of my cherry tomatoes going forward.
You will be glad to know that we did come to our senses at the tail end of our appliance journey (fatigue set in) and get the cheapest, least bells and whistles washer and dryer combo. I mean, it's laundry...I do not need to program my own settings. I can hit 3 buttons rather than one. I am not that harried of a housewife, certainly. If you are, I apologize for seeming dismissive of your plight. But if you believe you need the time savings of "my settings" on your washer, we cannot be friends. It's a no.
This picture shows 2 of each. I have no idea why. Our restraint in the laundry department extended to only purchasing one washer and one dryer. Call me economical.
And there you have it. Install to come and, I'm sure, pictures of the kitchen at that point. And the laundry closet. Thrilling, thrilling stuff. I know.