I couldn’t agree more with #8…the concrete counters. Call me unimaginative, but concrete is for walking on, not preparing food on.
I was surprised to read that the ‘super ranges’ aren’t much more super than a regular range. Of course, I think it’s because even walking into my kitchen and seeing a professional range there might lull me into thinking I can cook more than spaghetti sauce. I’m saddened to learn that, like a cute size 6 dress hanging in my closet, just having something great is in the house, it doesn’t transform me into a size-6 Iron Chef Participant. Heavy sigh.