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Old 12-27-2012, 11:20 AM   #1
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30" freestanding range in 36" end space

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.

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Old 12-28-2012, 08:00 AM   #2
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What a lovely kitchen!

What is to the right of the current range?

It appears that the upper cabinet to the left of the range hangs over the range a bit, which makes your idea of centering a range in the opening even less pleasing (from an aesthetic POV).

It would require more work, yet might improve the layout to move the small cabinets over the microwave shelf over the range, and install an over-the-stove microwave/exhaust. That should help align the overhead boxes with the counter, leaving only the difference between the current 40" range and proposed 30" replacement. (But would require adding overhead boxes where the microwave is now.)

Perhaps placing the new range against the left cabinets and installing a small (8"?) cabinet/counter on the right side would not look bad? Trying to eliminate the gap by filling in on the left side would not be aesthetically pleasing, and enlarging any of the bottom boxes to the left would cascade into redoing the entire kitchen.



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Old 12-28-2012, 08:17 AM   #3
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I think maybe you need to bite the bullet on this one. I can't think of any way to do this that won't look cobbled together. Those are really nice looking cabinets. There are a couple ideas for the bottom a narrow spice cabinet or something but when you move the stove to one side then the top will not look right. Maybe someone will have some ideas.
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There's nothing to the right of the range, just empty wall.

I'm pretty sure the overhang you're seeing on the wall cabinets to the left of the range is an illusion created by the depth of the control panel portion of the range. The edge of those cabinets lines up with the edge of the base cabinets and countertop.

Interesting idea about relocating the microwave cabinets. We would actually prefer an over-the-stove style microwave, especially considering the owners are taking the current microwave and we have to buy one anyway. The challenge presented in this case is to find an extra set of wall cabinets that match. We're unsure of the age/make of those cabinets, but I'll see if the current owner knows.

Thanks for the reply!
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