New galley-like kitchen
We are moving into a new condo -- loft-style (some concrete walls, ceilings, pillars, huge industrial windows). The kitchen is useable, but not great and we plan to replace it. Last time we remodeled a kitchen (in our previous home) with the incredible assistance of folks on this forum, we ended up with a great kitchen (super-well laid out) for the 6 or 7 years we lived there after remodeling. However, we used very middle of the road cabinetry (looked great but wasn't super great quality).
We only expect to live in this place 5-7 years. The kitchen will, by necessity be a galley-type. One 13' wall of cabinets and appliances, and a 13' +/- island.
Our last kitchen was fairly traditional (dark cherry). We expect to go modern this time. My initial question relates to quality of cabinetry and appliances. Since this is a fairly high-priced downtown San Francisco place, and we do expect to sell it in 5-7 years, would you suggest we go high-end in the kitchen -- European cabinetry (Alno, Pedini, etc.)? Or should we just do IKEA? Or something in between. We want it to look great and function well, but we're not into high-price for "label's sake". Same goes for appliances. The idea of spending $7-10,000 for a refrigerator just kills me, but if it's "worth it" for looks, function and/or resale, we'll do it.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.