By all outward appearances the kitchen renovation was nearly complete. The old, dysfunctional cabinetry had been demolished and the room had been gutted down to the wall studs. The new kitchen design created a workspace and an eating space separated by an island countertop near the center of the room. The plumbing, air conditioning, and electrical infrastructure lay invisible behind new sheetrock. Spacious new cabinets lined the walls of the workspace, and the eating space had a view through a bay window of rose gardens in the back yard. The microwave, hung beneath one of the cabinets, had a built-in AM/FM radio console. A hooded range, stainless steel sink, and KitchenAid dishwasher graced the center island. A side-by-side refrigerator and freezer combination stood next to the Chambers double oven along the back wall. The design was done except for some painting and wallpaper to edge the ceiling.