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Our house was built in 1975. The old time neighbors assure me that this kitchen has never been remodeled and that we still had the original 24 in wide double oven that came with this lovely home.

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Since we have moved in, we have had it serviced twice and last March 5th, we realized it really did kick the bucket. Buying another 24 inch wide oven was proving to be impossible, so we had to look at finding someone to come in and do some minor cabinetry work to make a hole to fit a 30 inch wide double oven. Double ovens are expensive, so I researched all sorts of options to avoid the cost, but ended up deciding that short of remodeling the whole kitchen which would be even more pricey, getting another double oven was my best option. It was not until May that I finally bought the new oven.

I found out that the best place to buy a double oven was from the mom and pop Bosch Kitchen Store in Holladay. They were considerably cheaper to purchase from than Home Depot, Lowe’s, RC Willey, etc. They don’t have really nice delivery guys though. They were nice enough to load it into the back of my van, but we had to get it out again and then UP THE STAIRS INTO THE KITCHEN. Cursed upstairs kitchen. Cursed narrow entryways so that the oven does not fit in through the front door with the most sturdy stairs. Cursed HUGE HEAVY THING that is really awkward to move. I suggested to Bryan that we open the box and remove the doors because it might be lighter that way but he decided that it would be nice to have the box and packing material there to protect the oven from scratches. So we left the box unopened when Bryan and some neighbors grunted to get that beast up the stairs. Amazingly, the stairs held and they all arrived up in the kitchen safely. After we opened the box, we found out that each oven door weighs 30 lbs. It would have been real nice to have known that before. And the oven has more hand holds without the doors on. Live and learn.

We had a hard time finding a carpenter who was willing to do such a small carpentry job to come redo that oven cabinet, but we were finally successful. The carpenter did a great job and then Bryan installed the oven. That Computer and Electrical Engineering degree of his taught him some practical knowledge which saved us from having to hire an electrician to do it. Some day he may get some woodworking knowledge so we won’t have to find a carpenter too!

From Various Spring 2011 Pics
From Various Spring 2011 Pics
From Various Spring 2011 Pics

Because we needed to paint the new bits of cabinetry, the new oven could not stay in it’s new home while the paint dried and cured we spent a week with the oven just hanging out in the middle of the kitchen. Annoying but necessary.

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We have had the oven in for a month now and I am slowly growing to love it. I should love it already, but the whole ordeal sure was a thorn in my side for so long that I am having a hard time just loving it. I am sure I will love it when the thing is finally paid off all the way. For now I just like it. I am loving being able to bake bread again at least. In fact, I am cooking again. I should have just bought the dumb double oven earlier so I could have saved on eating out while we were oven-less. It has been hard to actually get used to cooking again. I will be back in the groove again here soon I am sure of it.

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Comments

Julie July 4, 2011 at 2:49 p.m.

It looks really nice!!

Leann July 12, 2011 at 2:06 p.m.

Oh the drama. My parents just got home from the mission and are re-doing their WHOLE kitchen... and their house was built in 1978! So you got a couple more years!
Sorry for the drama, but it looks great! Hopefully you are enjoying it now!