If you are in the designing stages of your kitchen remodel, have you thought of where the microwave is going, if it's moving? I've noticed that refrigerators and ranges and/or cooktops are usually the first appliances to be planned within the kitchen. Of course, this is assuming you are re-configuring the footprint. Here are a couple of common places for the microwave to consider while designing before your kitchen gets remodeled.
Based on the options listed above, the over-the-range microwave is the most common location. If your kitchen hasn't been remodeled before, you probably have the typical hood over the range. And if you are thinking about saving countertop space, the microwave is usually going somewhere else. Over-the range microwaves come vented or recirculating. Even with vented types, the CFM's will not be as powerful as a sole range hood. They offer a simple solution for simple microwave needs.
A microwave shelf is usually found under a wall cabinet and is supported by it. The shelf cabinet serves two purposes which are increasing the countertop space and keeping the microwave within close reach.
Microwave drawers are common within a base cabinet and is a great way to eliminate counter space. Miele, Dacor and Sharp microwaves allow you to warm food at the push of a button. However, if the microwave is what you use to warm large leftovers, the drawer may not be large enough for this.
Lastly, built-in microwave ovens are a great space saver too. They're usually with an oven combination (micro/combo oven) or alone. These microwaves can be installed within a tall cabinet or base cabinet. Those savvy homeowners who rely on their microwave to help cook may turn to the convection microwave oven. The same technology used with convection ovens, but for the microwave.
Let this blog post be a start to trusting DYKB with your next kitchen design!