change from drop in cooktop to full free standing range
I'm looking at a house that has an electric coil drop in cooktop. I was wondering how feasible it would be to change to a gas fuel slide in range or freestanding range with built in oven.
I know I will loose the cabinet space currently under the cooktop. Hopefully I will make that up by removing the broken double wall oven that is currently in the kitchen.
Not sure if it is deep enough to conceal the back of a freestanding range. I believe it is a 24" countertop. would one layer of drywall be acceptable for the back? I can't extend too deep due to the door behind the peninsula. I am considering redoing the countertops in ikea butcherblock, and resurfacing the cabinets but don't want this to turn into a complete overhaul of the kitchen. A few installation manuals for slide in ranges say a minimum of 3 inches from the rear of the range the rear edge of countertop for a island installation.
also have to deal with clearance for the oven door.
The kitchen is right on top of the mechanical room so the gas line is there - I'm pretty sure in my area I need a licensed plumber to pull a line through the floor and connect to the new stove.
there is a concealed extractor hood right now.