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Old 11-07-2010, 07:17 PM   #1
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kitchen cabinets height from counter top

my kitchen microwave c/w exaust fan sits 21inches above the stove, the two cabinets on either side of the stove only have a 16inches clearence height, is this with in building code if not can i apply for a varience, i dont want to cut my cabinets


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Old 11-07-2010, 08:15 PM   #2
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I don't know if it is covered in the building code, but I use 36" to top of counter and 84" to top of uppers.
With 30" uppers, this should leave 18" (+/-) between counter and bottom of the uppers.
Bottom of Uppers at 54" off the floor.

Can you get your coffee maker in the space? It should be good.


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Go ahead and apply for a variance, those guys at City Hall can use a good laugh.

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Typically manufacturers do not specify a minimum height above the cooking surface below the microwave, instead the clearance is indirectly specified in the form of the required clearance (usually 30 inches) between the cooking surface and the lowest point on the underside of the cabinet above it:

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Im pretty sure the cabinets on the sides of the stove are ok as long as they are not directly over the stove in any way. In our kitchen remodels typically its 36" including countertops, 18" backsplash to upper cabinet.
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:42 PM   #5
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There is no actual code I'm aware. Typically the measurement is anywhere from 14" to 18" above the counters and 30" above the cook top. Eighteen inches would be the typical norm.

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