Hi, I’ve been reading lots of posts on here and everyone seems to be so helpful so thought I’d ask. I’m after any help / feedback anyone wants to give please - I’m not very good at visualising things or making decisions 😀
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The oven tower can be modified. Let me be clear about this "modified" not custom built. Ask yout designer if it would be possible to do the following combination for your tower. :
Starting a the bottom.
Use a single drawer cab at the bottom. Followed by the oven spacer and then the oven cabinet and then another oven spacer followed by the microwave cabinet and for the top use a 600mm wall cabinet or you may choose to use 2 slimline 600 cabinets one on top of the other. Notice that I did not say to use a 600 base cabinet becasue the ventilation for the oven is located at the back of those cabinets and must be free and clear. Since you are a heavy microwave user the height of it is now at 1 meter and should now easier to use at that location. It is below shoulder height so you will not have to balance or lift anything past your shoulders. Please see picture attached.
As per council regulations on fire safety, your rangehood can't be lower than 600 mm but please feel free to check on this fact as it has only been passed on to me by other designers. For gas cooktops it is even higher placed at 700 mm from the top of your cooktop to the bottom of the rangehood. It is always prudent to have the rangehood higher than the other cabinets. When bending over the pots you do not hit your head on the rangehood. There is less chance of heavy condensation or grease trapping at that height and allows your rangehood to function properly. Email your installer, it is always best to check the facts than to guess and not be happy with the end results. Your designer and installer are there to answer your questions! No matter how far fetch you may think they are. Trust me when I say that there are no "silly" questions when it comes to renovating your kitchen. Good luck! Oh and if I have time I will send you my 2 cents worth of ideas.
Thanks so much - I did ask him about having the microwave lower but it seemed pretty complicated - I’ll definitely check again. Makes sense about hitting your head on the range hood too - that didn’t cross my mind. I didn’t realise this would all be so hard to decide 😀
Why not show him the picture I sent. It should be fairly straight forward to do this design for the tower, that is of course if you are happy with that layout. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to decide. Speak to friends and neighbors, get a second and third opinion. Just remeber that the final decision is yours, this is your kitchen any decisions you make should be based on your happiness level.
Thanks for going to so much trouble - that looks great! The only problem is I forgot to mention the right side wall is shorter than the left - only 2690 so wouldn’t be able to fit everything - maybe if I took the pantry out ? I’m so sorry - I didn’t realise you’d go to so much effort. I wish it was just a little bit longer as I could fit everything in just like you’ve done and it looks great. The plan I’ve got has a blind corner pantry then oven tower then fridge but I’m not sold on it yet.
Maybe I could leave the pantry out and live without one as I don’t need huge amounts of storage ( have just downsized and got rid of lots) but I would really like one. Or maybe could put oven under cooktop and microwave a little bit higher and have a larger cupboard below it and use both those for “pantry”. The other problem is I’m hoping to stick with Bunnings off the shelf sizes to save $$ so not sure how it could be done. So hard deciding all this h you can probably tell I’m not a handy person )
Great idea about the wall but not possible as it would impact on walkway/ loungeroom - I’m in a villa so it’s not a huge space. I didn’t see any other picture?