I had the building contractor I'm using to remodel my house in yesterday. I asked him for an add'l $10,000 what can he do for my kitchen. Well, we had the best time going thru my home. Contractor, knowing my budget well ahead of time (knowing he has to stick to that budget), is have a gas designing & pulling in materials. It's a challenge to get me all he can for the money I can afford. He feels he can redo a huge portion of my kitchen (he found kitchen appliances - new fridge, new stove, microwave over stove & dishwasher at a supplier for $1400; brand new, brand name). Okay, I'm loving this guy. So he feels that he can get me a great deal on a stack washer/dryer for my new utility/laundry room. As my home is old with beautiful wood, he's going to maintain that in the new utility room with the windows he's going to order. I've been saying for years that this house had to be built around these clawfoot bathtubs - turns out it was. My architect brother in law told me that frequently the plumbing then the tubs & toilets were brought into a house & installed before framing of the bathrooms & doors could begin. It explains so much. It also explains why we'll have to destroy these gorgeous tubs as I can't afford a $5000 hole in the wall to get them out. They will be recycled & the bronze legs will be taken off & recycled at an old parts business here in town. It's been great working with a financial planner who did all the research on the comps in this area, what I should or shouldn't do to my home (other than the things I need for functionality). Updating my kitchen was just a pipe dream - I think it's going to happen. New flooring throughout all designed with a 100 year old house in mind. We don't want to go modern. I don't need granite counter tops or high end appliances. AND I love that he's going to knock out walls. I've always wanted to knock out at least one wall in my house & haven't been allowed to. Contractor said he'd let me take the first swing with the sledge hammer. Ah......the little things that float my boat.