The cabinet for the fridge and microwave is very complex. Lots of things going on in terms of what goes into the cabinet, install dimensions and trim pieces, items under the fridge, ventilation, etc. All of these aspects have an affect on the cabinet design and construction. Most of them I've been able to keep on top of but there have been a few times I got to a stage and thought, for example, "Hmmm... I didn't anticipate that problem. How am I going to get those pocket screws into that face rail when there's no room in behind for me to get a drill or screw driver in there?" Thankfully I've been able to problem solve each of the difficulties encountered and thus far things have gone well. I was going to install the fridge and then work on the upper cabinet for the microwave/convection oven but decided it would be better to complete the entire cabinet and then install the fridge. I do not want to damage or ding the fridge while trying to work around it. I'll just have to be really careful with the instal dimensions on the cavity.
Tackling an aspect of cabinet construction that is new to me was interesting. I've never installed cabinet doors and hinges before. Before proceeding with the cabinet I had to make some mini mockups of doors and hinges to check out the door overlaps on the face rail to see how they would align with the fridge trim. I hope I got it right! The Kreg cabinet hinge kit is amazing. It makes it really easy to consistently and accurately drill the holes (and mounting screws) for the hinges.
My only long term niggle is about access to the water heater. One day it will need a repair or replacement. In order to do that the fridge and shelf will have to come out. Not a super difficult task but I'm already not looking forward to it!
Calvin here - after spending almost 33 years in education as a high school teacher, elementary teacher, and elementary administrator, it was time to retire! I did so happily and with no regrets; it was a terrific and fulfilling career. I do enjoy building projects as the design and building process is very therapeutic and you see a completed functional product in the end. Now to combine the build with another of Angela's and my passions - travel - is something we're really looking forward to.