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Need advice on 36 inch range, hood, kitchen design help!!

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Need advice on 36 inch range, hood, kitchen design help!!

billhoran | May 17, 2011 06:25 AM

My GF and I are buying a house. The kitchen has a nice open layout, with really outdated "gourmet" appliances- subzero fridge, jenn-air electric cooktop, wall ovens, etc. Unfortunately, we realized that the space where the wall ovens is is only 24" wide and we're not willing to sacrifice on ovens of that size.

The sub-zero has to be at least 25 years old, but still seems to be working ok, so we figure we'll keep for now, as we don't have $$ in the budget to replace it with something comparable.

So, we've been talking about installing a range in the center island rather than a cooktop and wall ovens. Been looking at the Wolf, Capital, and Bertazzoni 36 inch ranges. We'd like to keep the price reasonable, we don't want to spend 6-7k on a range, more like 3-4k but we want a nice looking, pro-style range.

Also, the island has a downdraft cooktop which I know sucks, so we'll have to install an island hood. My GF is concerned about it being a monstrosity in the kitchen, and who knows what the contractors will say about installing the actual vent to go outside. We also aren't sure of what, exactly to do with the somewhat odd shaped peninsula island, or what will need to be redone (see attached photos)

We plan on keeping the subzero, and are toying with the idea of maybe getting a combination microwave/oven in the 24" space.

Any advice on overall strategy, or specific items would be helpful. I feel like some of these ranges are overkill, I don't feel like I necessarily need 23k BTU on every burner as the Capital boasts, although I do like that range. I worry about being able to do a true simmer, and don't need to be creating a fire hazard when I'm trying to do a simple pan sauce.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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