I realize DIY is the norm for most people – regular civilians are out there building their own decks and patching their own roofs – but we’re not as handy as we aspire to be. Even my parents are super handy in comparison, and designed and built their own house when they were ten years younger than we are. We are not those people. We’ve been staring at those chunks of missing drywall, wondering who we can call to come be our handywingman while we try to patch it up even enough to be flat, not pretty. Too bad they can’t be patched with dough or sheets of gingerbread.
Knowing that everything had to go – we’re starting again from scratch – we began with the oven, since it was the catalyst that brought the kitchen down in the first place. I’ve known this was coming for years – I’ve stopped cleaning the oven, thinking we’re going to buy one any minute, and it has burst into flames more than once in rebuttal. About every six months we halfheartedly go oven shopping, and had narrowed our favourite stores down to a couple. (It’s easier to narrow down stores than actual ovens.)
Now that our trusty old GE electric oven is halfway to the back alley, we have no choice but to find a new one. I’m not exaggerating when I say I take this more seriously than choosing a new car. Which is why it has taken so many years to get to this point – home renos and procrastination do not make good bedfellows.
There are plenty of things to consider – gas? Electric? Convection? Induction? I’ll report back soon.