Kitchen-Remodel Reality Check
With careful planning, you can avoid common pitfalls and get yourself into your new kitchen sooner.
It was late. I was trying to finish a kitchen remodel. Thanks to the polar vortex, my plumber was busy repairing broken pipes, so I agreed to help Tom, the homeowner, hook up his sink and dishwasher. The kitchen was small, and the dishwasher had to go into the corner, where the cabinets turned to form a peninsula. I connected the supply line, and together Tom and I slid the dishwasher into place. It fit and looked great. Time to go home — except that for some inexplicable reason, Tom reached down to open the top drawer on the abutting cabinet. It came out only a few inches before it hit the handle on the dishwasher. He looked at me, and I thought, “Oh no. When did they start putting refrigerator-door handles on dishwashers?”