Kitchen Remodeling -- Advice Needed
Hello, I always enjoy reading this forum.
I'm going to remodel the 18' x 12' kitchen of my 1950s no-style style house, which I plan to sell within 10 years. It's a modest house, but because of its prime location in the San Francisco bay area, its value is likely 700K ~ 800K.
I'll replace all cabinets (seem to be original) and appliances (bought when I moved in 15 years ago). The following are materials I plan to install. Would you please scrutinize if they are appropriate/effective/reasonable for my project?
Liebherr freestanding 36" bottom mount refridgerator, $5,000
ILVE freestanding induction range, $5,000
Kobe 36" under cabinet range hood, $900
Miele Futura Classic 24" dish washer, $1,000
Kohler 36" x 19" x 10" under-mount single-bowl SS sink, $750
Waterstone PLP pulldown faucet with soap dispenser and air switch, $1,550
Cabinets: Canyon Creek Valley Forge Solid, Rustic Alder with Caraway stain; framed top, frameless bottom
My second question is about the countertop. I really like soapstone, but my KD says it's too soft and expensive. My next choice was honed Absolute Black granite, but I've read many horror stories about keeping it clean. Is there some material that looks like soapstone but harder and less expensive?
Thank you very much in advance.