thought so, anyway! So when we were designing the kitchen, I wanted to have it hidden away but still accessible (it is a necessary accessory after all!). Some suggested putting it below the bench, which just didn't work functionally for me when I gave it a trial-run at the displays and would have meant losing drawer space- no dice! Another designer had the microwave hidden in a narrow pantry, but we worried about food spoilage and having to purchase a new, narrower microwave to fit.
|The microwave was under the 'return' in this design|
|Waiting for the bench-top!|
They came back straight away and removed the offending piece to start over, but as they didn't actually have a replacement on hand (as everything that they supply is machined and shipped from Germany), they had to make something from the existing cupboard, plus additional pieces that they had spare. However, before too long (and before the splashback was installed), a custom-built cupboard was installed that worked as we had imagined! The hutch is now full bench depth, making the most of our space and all of the lovely benchtop. Our electrician came back once it was finished to install a power point in there too. Now we can have our microwave hidden away when it's not in use but is fully accessible when we need it- plus there is room in there for other things too!
this one?) for Christmas (listening PK?)! And here's one last pic to demonstrate how the door 'concertinas':
I'm thinking I might create a little box shelf or something over the top of the microwave to store spices or similar on... But for now it is so great having this little space fully functional and as we imagined! Now to store the rest of our stuff...