Installing wall oven under cooktop--gap needed between?
Hello, this is my firsts posting, although I've enjoyed reading this forum very much throughout my kitchen renovation. We are installing a Kitchenaid convection oven underneath our countertop, and directly under a Jennair induction cooktop. I know it is just a trade-off we will have to live with that this oven is going to be low to the ground. My question is about how low it really needs to be. The cooktop sits on the counter, then below that we have 1-1/2" of countertop and subtop, then our contractor has allowed an extra 2" below that before installing our Kitchenaid convection oven. This extra 2 inches makes the oven quite close to the ground. We want to know if it's feasible to raise it to just under our countertop. So far, we have asked our contractor and he has said no, that space is for clearance. That answer makes a lot of sense except that when I start googling images of this same configuration (or even better, when I go on Houzz) I see maybe 1 picture with a gap like ours for every 10 that show the oven directly below the level of the countertop. And I'm only counting ones that have induction cooktops, in case that makes a difference. I've looked up the specs of one of the induction cooktops shown installed directly above our same Kitchenaid oven, and it is an Electrolux that is 2 inches deeper than ours! So what am I missing? It would be worth it for us to switch out an appliance at this point to gain the 2 extra inches in height. Or have the contractor reinstall them if we just know what to tell him. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!