10 years ago, I had our current home built. We loved everything about the floor-plan except the kitchen, but I figured it will suffice until I had the time and money to rip it all out, and by then I'll know exactly what I want.
Our schedule was greatly accelerated by having the refrigerator's water & ice supply line spring a leak while I was over in Afghanistan. My wife got the fridge pulled out and water shut off and mopped up the mess. What she _didn't_ get was the water that seeped under the base cabinets on that side of the kitchen and wicked up into the wood, causing them to swell, delaminate and mold. She is HIGHLY allergic to mold. It also got under the edge of the vinyl flooring which started to peel up. We were very lucky the walls and insulation stayed dry.
So, the floor needs to come up and we need to replace the base cabinets on each side of the stove. OK, I can do that.
Pull the old range out, pull the cabinets out, pull the fridge out and start scraping up the old sheet vinyl.
About half way through scraping, my wife and I head down to pick up new base cabinets to match our old ones, luckily the exact model and color are still being made. and we see the most perfectly beautiful cabinets.
She asks: Since we have to replace two, couldn't we just replace all the base cabinets at once so they match?
And as long as we are replacing the base cabinets, could we go ahead and cut off that stupid "L" shaped peninsula that sticks out across from the fridge and chokes off the kitchen?
Why yes, I would like that very much.
After over 100 hours of scraping, I decided there is no way my knees are going to hold out for the entire job. I did some calling around and found a great tile guy who would come in and level the underlayment, and lay the tile for a very fair price. I jumped at the offer! Besides the base cabinets were due in Monday. Floor gets finished Sunday night!
Monday afternoon the cabinet place calls me : Sir, we have a problem. Your cabinets came in wrong, do you want them anyway? Hell no I want what I ordered and paid for!
OK, run out to the curb and haul all the old cabinets back inside the house, so we actually have a functioning kitchen for the next month while waiting for the correct cabinets to come in...
You can see where I used my circular-saw to rip off the stupid "L" shaped peninsula off.
Oh, yeah, I get a call that the new induction cook-top and double (convection) oven I ordered, showed up 3 weeks EARLY!
To be continued...