When we bought the house, our first major project was going to be to replace the range. We couldn't figure out why such an easy fix would've been neglected by the previous owners. I mean, how hard is it to take out a range and install a new one? (Let me restate: how hard is it for a professional, NON-Bell to do so?) The answer is pretty doggone difficult when the range is an oddball size, and none of the standard 30-inch models will fit in its stead. The only outright replacement was manufactured by a single company (GE), and it was nearly a carbon copy of the old range, only with a bit of an updated facade and a price tag of nearly $1500. No thanks! We had quotes done as to the cost of having the cabinets retrofitted to accommodate a standard range, and when we discovered the labor alone would be $1000, "easy" project priority #1 was officially tabled.
That is, until Uncle Sam decided to give us a rebate check, and we opted to do as any responsible citizen would and SPEND it. (Hey - that's what it was there for...seriously!) Through a partnership that Matt's company has with Maytag, we got an outstanding deal on a smooth-top, double-oven range (just about half of MSRP!), and our realtor set us up with a contractor to do the work for us. And the rest is history! I took some pictures as the process was underway. It was quite the undertaking, but the difference is incredible, don't you think? The entire complexion of the kitchen has changed!