Ovens and Cooktops
Nowadays we have a very wide range of cooking appliances at our disposal, which can be incorporated in our layouts.
In addition to slide-in stoves, free standing ranges, rangetops and cooktops there are various kinds of wall ovens, steam ovens, speed ovens and microwaves.
For cooktops alone you can choose from electric, gas and induction heat, go with glass surface or sealed burners, or create your own cooking surface made from individual cooking elements like Griddles, Woks and Teriyaki elements.
One of the easier appliance to plan for is a slide-in oven.
They tend to be fairly straight forward, although you should determine how far back you can actually push the unit, which is important when templating for the counter top.
The best way of dealing with these ovens is to allow for a filler on either side of the stove to create air space. Depending on the model a convection oven needs side clearances due to the extreme heat during the self-cleaning process, which could singe the side of the cabinetry. Allowing for a minimum 3/4" inch of air space is mandatory for a lot of those models, and even if an existing stove doesn't require this clearance, i would always allow for this space in case a client ever wanted to exchange their stove for a different model.
A slide in stove is pushed in neatly between decorative posts, which not only give the stove more visual presence, but also allow for the much needed airspace to the cabinets on the side.