So pretty much anything would be an improvement. Steve has done a fantastic job and he's been working so hard on this for the past 6 weeks. I married a good man. We are at the point now where it's not quite finished... (there are some detailing things to do like base boards, transition pieces, paint touch-up etc.) but it's functional and I suspect the details will happen once they HAVE to happen (i.e., when we get ready to sell the house.) But I am pleased and so... here are some pics of the journey:
The closest thing I could find to a before picture, too bad you can't see the floor:
This is Steve's buddy Brian who traded lots of man-hours in help for many suppers and some beer.
I have a full-size oven range! I can't wait for Thanksgiving!
One of the final touches, this lovely pewter hardware we sprung for: