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Broken dishwasher - 15K?

September 18th, 2015 at 07:01 am

Our dishwasher broke. It is close to 6 years old, so it is probably best to replace it. $500-$1,000.

Once you are replacing a dishwasher, you may as well replace the counter top - we have a cheaper non-stone one, I don't even know what that is. I'm thinking granite or some kind of stone. Don't know how much, probably 4K.

You can't replace the counter top and leave the old sink and old faucet. Than, once you have new counter top and sink, that cheap white tile back splash is just completely out of place.

And since cutting stone for the counter top, it would be cheaper to cut out a small slab to be cut at the same time for an additional 2 cabinets on the other side (we really need more storage room and counter space).

That means the shelf that is there and goes across the entire wall needs to be ripped out, wall spackled and painted (or put some architectural element like a stone accent wall.

A build-in nook there would be nice.
My kitchen is insanely tiny.

6 Responses to “Broken dishwasher - 15K?”

  1. Butterscotch Says:

    The dishwasher is only 6 years old? Is it something that can be fixed? Our last one lasted 12 or 13. If it can be fixed that would be much cheaper than remodeling your whole kitchen. Unless you want to redo your whole kitchen and this is just a good excuse Smile

  2. livingalmostlarge Says:

    If you have to replace it then yes it might be time to renovate. But if it's fixable and you don't want to renovate. Depends.

  3. deacon's wife/laura Says:


    If you replace it with a standard sized one, not sure why the whole kitchen needs to be redone?

  4. snafu Says:

    Updating and upgrading your kitchen is the most disruptive action I can think of short of having a baby! We've done it twice in two different houses and much as I'd like to update this condo's ancient kitchen, I just can't face the trauma. The contractor is terrific but the actual tradesmen seem unable to fulfil any contract by date and price. Worse yet, whatever product whose choice was difficult to settle on, comes the wrong size or wrong colour or less than ordered or worse, is suddenly 'unavailable.' Everything must be done in a specific order and if the plumber is late or lacks a part or piece of equipment, the other trades wait while hourly rates pile up. The budget blows by and if you want the teeniest change, the cost magnifies.

    Worse yet, once a wall is opened, hidden problems can be revealed, Something or other is not up to code, not covered on existing permit and you'll end up going to bed in tears. I forgot to mention while the kitchen is being remodelled it's stuff is piled in the hall or wherever it can be stashed. Any plan to cook at home flies away with all the dust and debris. We had a dumpster on the driveway to make the neighbours grumble.

    Please be very cautious in what you wish for, especially if you haven't experienced life turned topsy turvy. I hope you'll 1st check You Tube to identify what's wrong with your DW and if slightly handy, see if you can DIY the replace and repair what's broken.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    My dishwasher fits right in under the counter, so the counter is not affected by replacement of the appliance.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    If you give a mouse a cookie ... Smile

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