The microwave that came with QC is old and the door doesn’t shut tightly anymore and I often wonder if a part of my body is cooking along with my popcorn. It wasn’t a built-in model but one that sat on a drop-down shelf. It seemed like a good solution to purchase a microwave/range hood combo and use the shelf area for the new toaster oven.
I was thrilled when I discovered that a decent microwave/range hood could be purchased for under $200. The appliance store gave me the name of the man who did their installations for them and when I spoke to him he pointed out that before he could install it I would have to have a dedicated electric wire pull from the electrical panel into the area I wanted the microwave.
The Cottage Master rolled his eyes at the news saying that was going to cost $$$. He was right. Five hundred dollars later I called the installer again to make an appointment. When he looked at the job he announced that we needed the cabinet moved, too.
I thought we’d just remove it completely but the important detail I was missing is that the microwave needed to HANG from a cabinet and that the cabinet needed to be a certain height above the stove. And to get it to that height the sheet rock that was covering the existing vent needed cutting back, etc., etc. But, fortunately, he had a cousin that is a cabinet maker who might do the job for us. Two hundred dollars later we called the installer again.
This time he was able to begin the job of installing the inexpensive microwave.
Total cost of this not so quick, not so cheap change was over $1,000. I’m going to have to do a lot of cooking to make this project worthwhile.