Monday, January 30, 2012

IT'S HIP TO BE SQUARE OR AT LEAST A RECTANGLE!!

Microwaves in kitchen islands?  Yay or Nay??  If you are planning on a Kitchen Reno there is a little detail you may want to think of.  Do you want a seamless look in your kitchen or a look that hides your microwave?  Case in point the microwave in a Kitchen Island:




This really is a great way to "hide" the microwave.  But one thing I want you to think of if you are thinking of this feature.  If you have kids or are thinking of having kids then this may not be the way for you.  This is one way for the lego or your cat to be cooked!! Sound crazy??  Ask any parent if they have a "little Houdini" around? When we renovated our kitchen 7 years ago (has it been that long?), someone suggested that I put my microwave at hip height in the pantry cabinetry.  All I could think of was......  "Well that's a great way for a child to put something in there and nuke it!"   My suggestion is that if you want this seamless look, purchase a microwave with a lock out feature.  This is just a little thing but it is an idea that may come back to bite you in the long run.  Just a little food for thought.  And yes I know that little people will not always be that way, but if I had a microwave at hip height with little guys running around I would be uncomfortable.  But that's just me!  Also remember that if your microwave is in the island you will be bending to use it.  If you have a front load washer without the stand you will know what I am speaking of when I say that bending can be quite a pain.  So think about how you would use your appliances and if this is how you want to live.  The same goes for a microwave that is incorporated into cabinets that is at "hip height".  Again is it accessible to little fingers?

One other thought is when you DIY'ers out there design a kitchen.  Seek a lot of help in the kitchen designing department.  There are a lot of little details that you may not think about.  Again back to the microwave thing.  Make sure that you have adequate "landing" space.  Landing space is the area that would be used when something is taken out of either the oven or microwave.  If you do not have adequate landing space this could not only be disastrous but also dangerous.  Again, just some more food for thought.
Hope this little posting today made you think just a little bit or helped in some little way.
Have a great day everyone!
Megan


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