I was finally able to actually cook in my renovated kitchen last week. There have been a lot of interruptions, and there is still a lot to do, but I like it a lot. Some random thoughts: The tile floor is very attractive, but it will explode anything that is dropped on it, as KYH noted in the planning stage. I tested that hypothesis with a plate last week and he was right. Likewise the granite tile countertops. The new range is light years better, and has one burner that is huge for large pots. That will be used a lot. The new kithen island is great. I don't think you can have one that is too large. We picked up a lot of storage space in the renovation, including a pantry. I have way too many pots, pans, skillets, woks, and every kind of cooking utensil imaginable.. I need to pare this collection down. I also discovered that If you move literally everything out of a house you have owned for fourteen years, and then move it back in, most of the items your wife treasures most will be damaged or broken. That is apparently an irrevocable rule of renovation. All in all, we are pleased with everything. There is still a huge mess, but it is livable and will be more so when we throw away the rest of the junk (treasures) accumulated over the years that we never use.. I did manage to smoke a brisket, two racks of spareribs, and a pork butt on my new Weber Smokey Mountain this weekend. The Maverick thermometer BDL recommended worked like a charm, as did the WSM. Now I need to catch some fish and crabs, and further test the new range. .