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Dm Stan

Good ergonomic tips, HU.

The other practical tip I’d give relates to the height of ovens, particularly if a convection microwave is placed in a tower above a regular oven.

The door pulls down (unlike a benchtop MW, where the door usually opens left or right). If you’re vertically challenged, you need to work out what maximum height you can place the combo oven so you don’t have to tip toe, can still safely reach into it without the risk of spilling hot food in your face, or burning your boobs off on the oven door.

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Ms_Carolyn

Great feedback from everyone and very timely as I am getting close to signing off on my kitchen reno. One other piece of advice I have been given is to purchase my new appliances first so that I have the exact measurements for the kitchen design as sadly there are no "standards". This solves the problem of the fridge protruding like mine currently does which I hate!! I have incorporated higher benchtops, floor to be installed first, had wondered about sinks in island benches, taken in to account heights for ovens and microwaves, love the rule of shelves above, drawers below and an "oversupply" of power points. In terms of colour I am sticking with charcoal and white but have my pops of colour ready to go that can be changed seasonally or whenever I feel like it.

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HU-893652

The problem with the refrigerator protruding can certainly be an issue but if it is recessed make sure the door can fully open back so that shelves and sliding containers, baskets etc can be pulled out fully and removed for cleaning. Also how often do pictures of immaculate new kitchens show the refrigerator door swinging away from the natural working access by using the standard off the shelf refrig with the hinges to the left; opening to the right. Most models can be ordered with the opposite door swing which can make all the difference over the 5 - 8 years life of the new kitchen.

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