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  1. Sue Fiorentini
    November 16, 2018 @ 10:22 am

    People struggle everyday with what they want and can what they can afford. I wanted soapstone and decided that I couldn’t afford it so I went with matte finish Silestone look-a-like soapstone. I still was only able to buy 2 of the 3 pieces of what I wanted, so I am living with plywood counter top on my island. For me , I couldn’t do something I would grow to hate (like ugly countertops) . Hopefully, you can come to terms with your want vs afford, build the kitchen and go on with your other projects, kittens and life.

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  2. Suzen King
    November 16, 2018 @ 10:35 am

    I was just this morning thinking that I would GLADLY take my 20 year old Frigidaire washer/dryer back over my fancy and expensive Samsung ones we bought when we moved. The new ones are all electronic and I can never get the clothes dry and the washer has it’s own problems due to them being made by someone else who wants to control my clothes cleaning. Might want to keep the old micro if it’s working for you. Also, some of the new built in ones have a door that opens and shelf slides out with a push button. I have found these to be a nuisance. Just a little feedback for you on the microwave thing. (See Giana above)

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  3. ceecee
    November 16, 2018 @ 5:41 pm

    I would scrap the microwave. We did. I have heard bad reports on them, anyway. I now use a pot on the stove, or our toaster/convection oven to reheat. Both are quick and easy. Actually, the food tastes much better! Growing up we didn’t have microwave ovens and I am so glad mine was blasted by our electric company.

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  4. Joni
    November 16, 2018 @ 7:15 pm

    Microwave in the pantry!!

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  5. Renov8or
    November 17, 2018 @ 8:39 am

    IKEA used to make beautiful white glass wall ovens that looked like Gaggneau or Miele knock-offs. They don’t make them anymore, but I see them on CL from time to time. Here’s one in NYC for $250:

    https://newyork.craigslist.org/stn/app/d/ikea-in-wall-microwave-oven/6742857301.html

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  6. Edie
    November 17, 2018 @ 1:17 pm

    Hi VEB!
    Heard that convection oven must cool down before using the microwave function?? Could be an issue to research. For a busy holiday meal I would need that second oven and the microwave. It hurries warming/prep of sides, so it must be available at all times for my sanity and speed cooking! Love your kitchen so far!

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  7. Jacquie
    November 18, 2018 @ 5:19 pm

    You are the reason I can’t settle for a new kitchen, I now have a hunger for GFT’s. I will not settle for something that won’t give me what I want. Unfortunately I married a man who received a work bench for his 21st birthday and thirty years later it is still in mint condition.
    This doesn’t help you with your equipment search, sorry.

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  8. Lisa D.
    November 20, 2018 @ 12:30 pm

    Victoria – where do you find these amazing over-the-top products?! Seriously. They are absolutely to die for. You would be a fabulous kitchen designer: you do thorough research, you’re focused, detail oriented, and a perfectionist. (I started an interior design program in the San Francisco bay area, where I live, but real life stepped in and I took care of my late father until he passed away.) I would love you to design my kitchen, (if only I had the money.) I can’t wait to see the final reveal.

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  9. Jen
    November 22, 2018 @ 6:24 am

    Long time reader first time commenter- I love your writing and your house and your Paul! I’m based in the UK and we have the Miele double ovens, one combination and one regular, and I absolutely love them. I’ve never raved about kitchen appliances before but this is one vote of confidence for Miele, hands down! They work flawlessly and keep a low profile, design-wise.

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  10. Sharon
    November 23, 2018 @ 10:12 am

    I, too am a lover of GFT, however, after learning from many expensive GFT mistakes, I now employ a combo GFT/KISS practice.
    Long story short, redid my kitchen 5 years ago- longed for the Le Corneau range- ended up with a gorgeous Fratelli Onofri range that was in my price range. I did inquire about repairs and parts prior to purchasing. Then shortly before Christmas last year the oven door hinge broke. And the 75 year old company has folded. And globally- GLOBALLY!!! There were no replacement hinges. Thankfully we have a fantastic Maker’s Space here in town who fixed my hinge. If I could not have fixed it, I was looking at least the cost of a new range, plus possibly retrofitting the surrounding custom cabinets as well as the soapstone counters. Can you say cha-ching?!? All because of the want of a simple hinge…and my need for GFT”s (I’ll own that!)
    I vote with the previous poster Vigrinia- put your time and money into a GFT that will hide a run of the mill microwave and oven. Then when- not if, but when- one of the appliances break, it will be an easy, affordable replacement or repair. Especially if you leave some literal wiggle room in the area in which they will be installed. Because in our last home we had a wall oven and when it was time to replace it we literally didn’t have the room to install a new one because dimensions had changed since the original had been purchased and installed! Had to reconfigure the kitchen to make space for a new oven- yuck!
    Honestly, you’ve already put so much effort into figuring out how to attractively integrate the frig that it should be fairly easy for you to apply that knowledge to camouflage/integrate a wall oven. The microwave is easy- make one of your drawers into a swing up/slide back cabinet instead (that’s what I did- hides the run of the mill cheap micro fabulously!!) Trust me, in the long run it will leave you more time and money for tracking down/acquiring more needless GFT’s like urns, spool cabinets, etc. and you will not regret it!
    And, if I ever re do a kitchen again, I would seriously consider putting the micro, wall oven, and frig in a working pantry adjacent to my kitchen. Problems solved! 🙂

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  11. Ray
    November 23, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

    I don’t know if you are still looking for a kitchen faucet, but I would check out the Jaclo 1012 – it is the only classic wall-mount gooseneck faucet with an integrated pull out spray I have seen on the market, & it comes in a wide range of finishes (including unlaquered brass). I mean, it’s really expensive ($2000 ish?), but if you’re really committed to that exact faucet design and have the money, it seems like it would work!

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  12. Helen
    November 28, 2018 @ 12:31 pm

    But what about the fancy ovens from the Great British Baking Show? Where the door SLIDES IN so you don’t have to lean precariously over the door? Or, if it’s a wall oven, and you’re short, you wouldn’t burn your side boob trying to get a cake out of the oven?

    Oven oven oven.

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  13. BeckySue Becker
    August 1, 2019 @ 11:48 am

    The photo of the stainless shelf between the ovens is my design/project. How did you get the photo rights to use this photo on your website?

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