My first kitchen reno....any tips?
Can't get away without a ground wire here so I would upgrade that. And I cannot believe you can argue you don't have to touh it if you are doing a full renovation and otherwise changing anything major? Kind of scary to me. Electrical work requires a pro to sign-off and an inspection here too. A good idea in my opinion although some disagree.
We need, for good reason, GCFIs on kitchen circuits around countertops and water just in case something goes wrong and someone with barefeet tries to get toast stuck in the toaster out with a knife or and becomes the closest electricity ground or the undercounter TV falls into a sink full of water will hands are in it washing dishes.
Microwave and frig should be on their own circuits. Dishwasher and disposal on another I suppose.
Not sure what to say about cabinet and appliance color choices. Trends change. Stainless steel seems to be the current desired look here for appliances. I tend to be specing lighter woods like light oak or hickory more than dark walnuts and cherry or rosewood these days. Some clients insist on spending a blazing fortune on drawer and cabinet pulls.
Any real estate agent will tell you that just about any money, within reason, you plunk into a kitchen, you get back out a couple of times over. And a nice kitchen can sell a house. I would add whatever you think appropriate for lighting. Dump any florescent fixtures. Add canisters or track over work surfaces, etc.
With all the kitchen appliances tending to show up in kitchens, a few extra outlets along the countertop are welcomed I think. Like I say, you should put a GCFI somewhere on each countertop outlet circuit.
As for plumbing, I would replace or at least look closely at all your supply and drain lines when you have easy access to them. Replace your cut-offs as a matter of course? You will have to re-arrange drains to accomodate the dishwasher and disposal. The dishwasher will need a supply line too. Map and rough all that out before you install the dishwasher and disposal and you will save yourself a lot of trouble.
Have fun! Good luck.