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Old 02-13-2011, 12:22 PM   #1
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Any thoughts on how I can make room in the picture below to install an over the oven microwave? As it is now, the microwave would site way too close to the top of the stove.
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:38 PM   #2
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Are you wanting to keep the built in cabinets or do you plan on replacing them?

If you are going to keep the built in cabinets, your only options is to remove the cabinet doors, draw a template on the wall to represent where the microwave is go to be, cut the cabinets around the template and then rebuild the lower half of the cabinets to create the notch for the microwave. Those cabinets are usually just 1x2 framing and plywood. Cut the doors to fit the cabinets and paint.


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Are you sure you want your microwave over the stove that gives rise to a lot of moisture rising? just a query.
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I plan on keeping the cabinets so I guess that is my only option. Damn older homes and trying to modernize them.
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Are you sure you want your microwave over the stove that gives rise to a lot of moisture rising? just a query.
We really have very little counter space. So yes the microwave needs to be relocated over the oven.
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You can keep those cabinets, but not over the stove.
They need to be removed. The design is easily duplicated, so build cabinets the correct size and mount them.
Open the wall to the exterior before you mount them as it will be easier to do any needed framing in the wall with them removed.
While you're at it you can build a regular cabinet to fill the space to the right of the stove.
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Are you sure you want your microwave over the stove that gives rise to a lot of moisture rising? just a query.
Aren't 90% of them positioned there anyway?
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Aren't 90% of them positioned there anyway?
And they all have vent fans incorporated into them to disperse said moisture.
You don't place a standard microwave on a shelf, over a stove.
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whats the measurement from the back panel on range to the bottom of the cabinet? looks to me as if you may have enough room, an OTR should have 22" minimum from counter top to bottom of cabinet.
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whats the measurement from the back panel on range to the bottom of the cabinet? looks to me as if you may have enough room, an OTR should have 22" minimum from counter top to bottom of cabinet.
It would be about 3 " or so over the back of the stove.
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Ron is right. Right now the cabinet is about 19.5 inches above the back of the range. Figure the microwave about 16 inches leaves it about 3 inches above the back of the range. Looks like some of the cabinet is gonna have to come out.

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3" is plenty and actually very common
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I had range hood took it out to put in microwave, and with the cabinets being too tall I have to build a shelf of some sort to place the microwave on or do some sort of stand over range. Between myself and another cant come up with the right idea. Sorry didnt mean to butt into your post but didnt want to post "almost" the same problem maybe we can help eachother...opening size is 36 "wide and 20" to top of rangecontrol panel 29" to top of cooktop. Microwave is 22w X 16d X 12.5h Want something strong enough to hold microwave. Can i secure board to wall joists screw top to it and brace with triangles with brackets underneath?
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Move the cabinets up to the ceiling then you should have enough room for the micro to fit.
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And they all have vent fans incorporated into them to disperse said moisture.
You don't place a standard microwave on a shelf, over a stove.
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My mistake. I thought the OP was installing a regular MW

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