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    Advice on a kitchen remodel related to our oven?

    We currently have an oven that fits within the cabinets and then has an insert cooktop in the counter above. The oven has gone bad and needs to be replaced. As my wife looked through the consumer reports, she is now more interested in replacing both with a range, which means cutting into the cabinetry and counter top. I looked an the cabinets on either side do have a finished outer edge, so the issue would be cutting into the counter and laminating its exposed edge, but not much with the cabinet. Anyone done that? Is this a bigger issue than I think it is?



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    Re: Advice on a kitchen remodel related to our oven?

    Difficult to comment with accuracy without looking at your project. But, a couple things:
    1. If you can match the laminate, the ends could be recapped, however, normally ends and edges (laminate) are put on first, prior to the counter to cover the exposed upper edge of the laminate. The custom cut laminate ends available at the big box stores are thinner and put on after cutting the counter top for length and they are thinner than the sheet laminate goods.
    2. You might investigate cutting the counter top back to a tight fit (with new oven) and raising the range high enough with shims to just cover the cut exposed edge.
    3. Other than these comments, make the Mrs. happy and spring for new counter top :)



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    Re: Advice on a kitchen remodel related to our oven?

    You could certainly finish the cut edge of laminate. Not entirely different than how they'd do it originally.

    Or just buy her new countertops. That's what I'm doing . . .



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    Re: Advice on a kitchen remodel related to our oven?

    Thanks Bob. The new counter is in the plans, but a year out.



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    Re: Advice on a kitchen remodel related to our oven?

    Is this a we're gonna stay and enjoy the kitchen project, or a raise the value of the house so we can gtfo sort of project?



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    Re: Advice on a kitchen remodel related to our oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbuk View Post
    Is this a we're gonna stay and enjoy the kitchen project, or a raise the value of the house so we can gtfo sort of project?
    We don't plan to be there forever. The change the oven is because it is not working well so has to be replaced.



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    Re: Advice on a kitchen remodel related to our oven?

    We just completed a build and walked through many new homes to get ideas. Most, if not all had the appliances built-in. So for marketability and if this is not a long term home for you, could you not maybe convince her to just replace the built-ins. I agree with the comments that you can trim up or finish the edges, but it's more labor obviously. Plus, getting the stain to match just right isn't easy in my experience. It always looks a degree off plum it seems.

    Regardless, if she's made up her mind....



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    Re: Advice on a kitchen remodel related to our oven?

    I'm with Bamacyclone. If Mama is only gonna be there a few years, take the path of least resistance and make do.


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    Re: Advice on a kitchen remodel related to our oven?

    The trick with cutting laminate is taping it and a really good team blade and slow cutting. If you cant find laminate to edge with that matches you could get wood veneer iron in laminate and stain to match cabinets. I did the shim trick so our stove was higher than the countertop tho. Go with the range if need be you can always take it with you or sell it. Also some home buyers would look at the built in under over combo as a detriment.



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    Re: Advice on a kitchen remodel related to our oven?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyberJJJ View Post
    We currently have an oven that fits within the cabinets and then has an insert cooktop in the counter above. The oven has gone bad and needs to be replaced. As my wife looked through the consumer reports, she is now more interested in replacing both with a range, which means cutting into the cabinetry and counter top. I looked an the cabinets on either side do have a finished outer edge, so the issue would be cutting into the counter and laminating its exposed edge, but not much with the cabinet. Anyone done that? Is this a bigger issue than I think it is?
    Have you priced granite and gotten quotes? The prices have come down significantly.



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    Re: Advice on a kitchen remodel related to our oven?

    Here's a link that addresses your countertop issues. There are a couple is things to consider if you change your oven out:

    Make sure your existing cabinet space that you are removing will accomodate your new range (assume it's 30" but you never know).

    If your oven is hardwired in you will have to have a range outlet installed.

    Your existing flooring might not run under your cabinets and so you will have to plan around that.

    Personally, I prefer built-ins but everybody has there own opinion. But since this is not a long term kitchen for you I would really exhaust the built in search before commiting to a new range. Also, if you have to sand that laminate in place be prepared for a lot of dust.

    Recutting Installed Countertops In Place



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