It was 2009 and the first remodel of the kitchen since we built the house. Until that time, I couldn’t have cared less. I was no gourmet cook, nor did I have any plans to become one. The kitchen was, after all, functional for a family of three, and then two, after our daughter married. Besides, with a full-time job and an average 3-hour round-trip commute, I had neither the time nor the inclination to put any effort into designing a “Barbie” kitchen.