Sometime in the late fall we received a call from a contractor who we had very much wanted to work with the year before. -- Do you guys still want to do the kitchen and bath? If you still do, I have some time in the next few months.
So working from the old kitchen, Nat l figured out which elements she wanted to keep. The old kitchen became a template for the improvements she (and I as well) wanted to make.
the next step was to go to IKEA -- the first of many trips.