microwave shelf recommendations please
I need some advice and I will try to keep this simple.
Here is my latest layout for this side of my kitchen. (Galley. Very small.) I haven't committed to a cabinet manufacturer yet so the measurements of the wall cabinets may change slightly. And there will be UCL.
Option 1: Make the wall cabinets 15 inches deep (I would have to default to 15.5 for one cabinet manufacturer) on that side and have a microwave shelf with a back (my kitchen designer's suggestion). One note on that is that all manufacturers for vent hoods make them for 12 inch deep cabinets so I would have space at the back. And with 15 inch deep cabinets would you raise the two cabinets up so that there is more space between the bottom of the wall cabinet and the countertop ? Or is that not an issue. Countertop and base cabinets are standard depth.
Option 2. Just have a cutout for a standard 12.5 inch cabinet no back with the microwave protruding slightly. We have this option in our kitchen at work with the GE spacesaver. Never noticed it or bothered me. But there is also about 24 inches between the counter and the upper cabinets. And it's not a "real" kitchen.
Option 3. standard depth shelf with a bottom shelf that extends out beyond the cabinet. Similar to what ikea does.
Option 4. create the space I want and hope the right size microwave will come. (Field of Dreams reference)
Ironically I don't use the microwave that much and don't believe in them. I can't believe I'm doing so much to accommodate something I'm not sure I even want, but if I sell the house I will need to have space for it. I only use it to heat up small things when I'm lazy--no bigger than a bowl of soup. I really wish they made them a lot smaller. I think there is a big market for smaller microwaves. But that's another topic.