Would you put a microwave in this cabinet?
Met with the architect this weekend and showed him my sketches of cabinet designs. He was quite positive, but did suggest a few changes. One was to build the china hutch to include space to "hide" the microwave. I read a bit about putting microwaves in cabinets and its seems to be safe as long as there is at least a couple inches all the way around. He also liked the idea of adding some little drawers for detail (think secretary desk). At first I hesitated about the drawers, but then realized they'd actually be great for storing the aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamins and band-aids we've grown accustomed to keeping in the kitchen. I'm attaching my revised drawing and the one without the microwave cabinet for your comments.