Our 28yr old cooktop was failing rapidly. Because it had an integral downdraft fan, we had to replace that too. Since new fans have a smaller footprint, we had to replace our tile countertop. And since we were doing all of that, we decided to update the cupboard doors and drawer fronts on our existing cabinetry.
We purchased an electric Viking cooktop and Braun downdraft fan (and external blower) because of the easy to use dials. It was too much of a construction challenge to bring in gas or to install an overhead hood fan. The most difficult part of this project was finding someone to install these appliances.
We chose wide plank maple countertops, built by Culinary Hardwoods. Most of the countertops are waterproof and maintenance free. The 6ft tung oiled counter is used for bread and pastry making. The breakfast bar is cantilevered on stainless steel posts. The damaged walls from the original backsplash were covered with 4" maple boards.
The cupboard doors were installed by Cabinet Makeovers. We chose antique white shaker style doors with stainless pulls.
We were able to keep our incredibly heavy enamel cast iron sink, although we replaced the tap with a new Moen one.
The most difficult part of this reno was that it took place in December, not a good time to tear apart your kitchen.