The countertop stove insert in our kitchen was in dire need of
replacement. We shopped around and learned that there are 2 sizes:
30-inch models and 36-inch models. This dimension is basically the
length of the unit measured across the top after installation.
Ours measured 30-inches so, with that in mind, we selected a unit at
Sears (our currently installed model was a GE). Anyway, I asked the
guy at Sears if there were specific rough opening size requirements.
He told me that I was in the best position possible because I already
have one installed and the task at hand would be to 'remove the old
and insert the new' and that 'all rough openings are standard' and
that, in fact 'most countertops are pre-cut for inserts so the
dimensions are always the same'.
I wasn't in the best possible position - I was in the worst possible
position, because the opening was too large. According to the
installation instructions that came with the new unit:
- The rough opening width should be 19 1/2 inches to 20 1/8 inches.
Our rough opening width is currently 20 1/2 inches.
- The rough opening length should be 27 1/4 inches to 28 1/2 inches.
Our rough opening length is 28 3/4 inches.
Obviously I do not want to replace the countertop - we looking at
tossing out a 16 foot piece of butcher-block counter that's probably
only 5 years old.
A not-so-bad positions would be if the opening were too small. At
least then I could cut if to size. Ok, so here are my thoughts and
- How about I 'patch' the opening? I thought about building it out to
the correct minimal dimension (19 1/2 by 27 1/4) positioned flush to
the top of the current formica. I could then cover the patched piece
with formica, overlapping the existing formica, taking care to match
pattern the best way possible. I'm a bit wary of this approach
because I think it has really good potential to look like s^&%)*.
- Does anyone offer some sort of escutcheon much like that which goes
around a door-knob assembly? I understand the intent of these are to
cover up old lockset installations which is similar to my need.
- A hybrid of the above ideas: a patch with a homemade escutcheon?
That is, build out a patch for actual support, positioning it flush
with the existing formica top, and placing a homemade escutcheon over
it. I probably could make it out of very thin stanless steel. This
undoubtedly would be the most difficult to implement but I think it
would look the best when all is said and done.
Any feedback is welcomed an appreciated. Thanks.