The house we'll be buying shortly has an ugly, oversized (40") free standing electric range that we'd like to replace. The cabinets and (unvented) range hood above are 36" wide.
In terms of space, it'd be a no-brainer to put a 36" range in there. The thing is, 36" wide freestanding ranges themselves seem to be more or less specialty items. What we'd like is a pretty standard 30" range with 5 burners and a double oven beneath, which are currently popular and affordable.
So we're trying to figure out the best option for locating a 30" range in the space without having it look improvised.
Any & all ideas appreciated. Here's what we've thought about
- Center the range under the space, construct some kind of 3" wide filler piece stained to match the cherry cabinets, but then what do do about the 3" countertop gap? Current counters are laminate.
- Just put the range against the counters and who cares if it's off center from the hood (we can't decide how bad or not-bad this would look)
- Remove the current range hood and top cabinets, and replace with a wall-mount range hood -- but this leads into needing to rethink the backsplash and possibly more, plus it's giving up storage space...
Here's a picture of the space. Unfortunately we didn't snap one that shows the entire area. But there is about a foot of blank wall to the right of the current range.