Kitchen remodel microwave angst- Help!
I have been reading posts on the forum for a while but have just joined and am posting for the first time. We moved into our charming 1929 tudor this past summer. It was a big downsize for us and are remodeling the kitchen. We are using a kitchen designer who we like very much but I am unhappy with one aspect of the remodel. I should say we have a pretty small kitchen (about 13x19) with limited wall space because of multiple door openings (door to garage, door to dining room, door to back hall and glass sliders-soon to be french doors- to patio/backyard). The bottom line is the dreaded microwave placement. I cook and bake a lot and our last home had high end double ovens, a five burner gas cooktop and built in fridge. We use the micro for defrosting and heating up some things (we have two teenagers) but I don't use it for cooking much and we have always had a simple spacemaker which has gotten the job done. Our original plan was to have Bosch double electric wall ovens, a Thermador five burner gas cooktop, an LG french door fridge and again, a spacemaker microwave. We ended up redoing the entire floorplan as the total came close to 70k (too much for this little house). In order to drop the total price, we are going with simple painted cabinets rather than the glazed we originally chose, downgraded the level of cabinetry and are now going with the GE Cafe gas double oven range and the GE Cafe convection microwave over the range. I am sad, but resigned to the small cooktop (30") and small/large oven arrangement, but I hate the micro over the range. We had originally planned a beautiful hood over the cooktop but there just isn't any wall space for the microwave and this seemed like the only viable option. I feel like it's a low end look and, while functional, spoils the entire entire esthetic of the kitchen. Also, I had chosen a beautiful feature tile for the backsplash behind the cooktop I can no longer use because I only have 22" from the range to the bottom of the micro. I know I sound like whiny- and I am sorry about that- I don't mean to be- I just hate the thought of spending 45k and not being completely happy with the kitchen when it is done. We debated endlessly about putting a drawer micro in the island, but we would lose so much cabinet space and the reviews are not great) it just didn't seem like a great solution. Does anyone have any thoughts regarding other options for the microwave we haven't considered? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!