Charming Kitchen - Minor or Major upgrade?
From an aesthetic viewpoint, our 1956 vintage kitchen melds well with our 1939 home. From a functional standpoint it gets on my nerves. Or maybe I just want a new range so badly I've gotten impatient with it's quirks. The pictured range is powerless and its performance sucks not to mention is cooks unevenly and has only 3 functional burners.
The primary motivator for the kitchen reno is the new range and oven. I originally thought I'd need to do a complete reno to accommodate a new range and steam oven. But I've come across the Lacanche Volnay (the exact same size as my current range at 39 3/8" and similar configuration only the 2nd oven is a warming drawer) plus a combi-steam oven. I could probably install the the combi-steam oven where there is currently a defunct dumb waiter (where the red framed bow and arrow girl is located in the back of the photo on the right side).
The other annoyances could probably be addressed (shallow double sink could be replaced, sticky drawers could be fixed, even the low hanging cabinets (14" from the countertop on the left) which prevent the coffee pot from fitting underneath them could be altered). I'm less sure if the heating vent underneath the sink which very unfortunately heats up the compost and trash bins (read: sometimes smelly) could be changed.
The cost of the new range, combi oven, modifications plus changing our home from oil to natural gas would cost $25-$30k. A full remodel with high quality cabinets (I don't want to replace solid wood cabinetry with something cheap) which would include extending the back of the kitchen out back to include a mudroom would probably easily be $60-70k. Is it worth it? In the end, we could afford either eventually and I know this is a personal decision but saving $30-40k never hurts. All opinions are welcome, even if you don't think it's a charming kitchen!