Well the project leaps forward, anyway. I have selected the cabinetmaker and the design. They will start building next week and will install before Christmas if all goes well. My contractor says my house will be torn up for about three weeks. If that's all it is, I will consider myself lucky.
I have to pick out countertops next. And floors. I've decided against removing all my carpet. I just thought the options weren't as good as what I have already. Laminates are afforadable but not recommended. Hardwood is recommended, but just too expensive. Now I'm planning to do tile in the kitchen and keep my carpeting everywhere else. My carpet is still very nice and not worth ripping up for something disappointing. Maybe next year I'll consider doing floors.
So, decisions yet to make: floor tile, counter top, backsplash tile, lighting fixtures. And review appliances. May upgrade a bit since I'm saving so much on the floors.