Hi I need help deciding whether to do a built in microwave or stay wit
August 15, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We are re-doing our small kitchen and will have a freestanding gas range with a hood (my husband likes more power in a hood then comes with the microwave hoods). So now I need to decide about using man other cabinet for a microwave or skipping the built in. Anyone else had this dilemma? Thank you.
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Pamela DeCuir Interior Designs
I agree with your husband - if you do a lot of cooking, I think the microwave hoods aren't adequate.

I also do not like "built-in" microwaves. Unfortunately, when they expire several years down the road, it's sometimes impossible to find a replacement the exact size you need. (Learned this lesson the hard way!)

I have found that a microwave shelf placed under the cabinets or an opening in the cabinets below the counter work best.

Here are a couple of examples.
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I've never even heard of a microwave hood, clearly haven't made their way across the pond yet. We are just redoing our kitchen and I am keeping our existing countertop microwave which is relatively new and just putting it inside a cabinet so that it isn't on show all the time and it frees up counter space.

We have an induction cooker with a separate extracting hood.
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Of course you must ditch the micro-hood, they are awful. If you have a walk-in pantry, stick a cheap/ugly micro in there and replace every few years when it dies or put it in a cabinet with a door. If you want to spend too much money, get a microwave drawer that is built in and can be hidden on an unseen elevation of an island, for example, but again they are expensive and a pain to replace when they die.
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Riddle Construction and Design
Most of our clients prefer to do a free standing micro in a open cabinet. This way it is out of the way and not on the countertop, but still has a somewhat built in look. When the micro dies, you simply change it out without all the hassle of a trim kit . See photo.
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Riddle Construction and Design
This same look can be done in a wall or tall cabinet as well.
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We are having this set up for microwave and toaster

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Thank you all for sharing your thoughts they have been very helpful. As it now turns out we are going to be old fashioned and keep the micro on the counter as the only options for putting it on a shelf mean loosing space I. My small panty cabinet or in the cabinet be the dishwasher which is best used for plates.
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