Does a new microwave require a complete kitchen remodel?
February 22, 2013 in Design Dilemma
My 17 year old over-the-stove microwave just bit the dust. In looking at new ones, we've discovered that the depth of new microwaves are about 15 1/2 inches compared to my 13 1/2 which still sticks out about two inches past my cabinet front. I also heard that the bottom of the microwave should be 24 inches above the stovetop whereas I only have about a 16 inch clearance now. Has anyone else had this problem or know what to do besides completely remodeling the kitchen?
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European models tend toward the smaller sizes. Like from Miele,
February 23, 2013 at 12:04AM   
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Most over-the-stove microwave manufacturers recommend a 30" clearance above the stovetop. I just went through this myself, I had only 11" !!! It made cooking on the back burners impossible. If you have only 16" I would give up the idea of the over-the-stove and try to find somewhere else to put a countertop unit. The mcrowave doesn't have to be huge, they're making much smaller units these days.

Can you post a picture of your kitchen and I'll try to help you find a good place for it?
February 23, 2013 at 2:52AM   
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Is there a fan hood option for the microwave ? If not most microwaves come in all shapes and sizes, it's a matter of finding the right size vs the right price.
February 23, 2013 at 5:44AM   
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Have you thought about putting a low profile vent hood in place of the microwave (as Bobbi has suggested) and modifying an upper cabinet to fit a slightly smaller microwave? It would have the benefit of opening up your cooking area a little more. It sounds pretty tight with the dimensions you've described.
Buena Vista Kitchen
Kitchen Remodel
February 23, 2013 at 5:53AM     
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