With the install of the kitchen countertop, the kitchen is nearly complete -- just a bit of finish painting to do (thus the green tape) -- and eventually a tile backsplash... perhaps from Heath if we can afford it. Some friends have asked to see pictures and hear details...
Here goes: All cabinetry by Ikea (about $4500K total), Countertops by Silestone (Blanco Maple) through Home Depot (2cm @ $63/sf), Appliances by Bosch, Faucet by Hans Grohe (funny, I've seen this model in sooo many places), Sink by Blanco (Blancospex), breakfast table from Ikea (soon to be replaced with a lower, custom one)... Admittedly, lots of work went into the finishing touches... lots of custom woodwork, trim, etc. which made it (hopefully) a bit nicer than a typical out-of-the-box install.
That said, having a table saw, a steady hand, a good (and patient) helper and an eye for detail is handy... One of the additional steps we took with assembly was to PVA/wood-glue all the dowels as well as glue (liquid nails) all of the edges that join-up in the frames. This made for a bit of extra time, but on one cabinet we had to "re-do", the strongest part was the seams/joints (we had to go a little "Office Space" on it to bust it down for trash-transport). We also caulked the bottom seams once assembled to prevent damage to the frames should water/moisture get in there (it's a kitchen, it's gonna' happen). With all that -- plus the extra trim step (flush trim), edging of pieces and a few more "improvements" -- we hopefully have a kitchen that will last quite a while.
We also had to get a bit creative when running the electrical feeds to the island. While we have all of the circuits necessary in a modern kitchen, I didn't want to simply have flex-cable running all over loosey-goosey. I was able to craftily run the power in EMT conduit on top of and underneath the island cabinets in a super-tidy fashion. Granted only when you're on a ladder or on your knees would you ever notice such a thing, but it was the "right" way to run it -- especially with the open leg design...
On the dishwasher, we hacked some Ikea legs to bolt to the existing leg shafts (see pix below), essentially extending them to the height we needed (which was a bit taller than the dishwasher otherwise wanted to go). This adds a nice finished look to the front plinth area.
Oh, the appliances. Someone asked me how I liked the oven. I don't. The oven takes forrrever to warm up (15 mins), but afterward, it's OK. It was also about 50 deg. off on first install (I had to fiddle with the setting to calibrate it). I need to call Bosch as it doesn't seem like an oven running on 220V should be this wimpy. The cooktop is OK... it's electric and it was what I expected. Hitting 3 different buttons (on >> burner select >> power level) is a bit of a pain when you just want a simple blast of heat, but for both, it beat running gas into the space. We love the dishwasher and the fridge is OK... it's a fridge -- it keeps things cold.
If you've questions, please feel free to ask. If it's not obvious, we're pretty candid -- hopefully that's helpful to someone.
Edit: Here's a link to the "final" kitchen post -- more current info with links to past posts.