In my experience the more expensive homes always had built in ovens,
sometimes with microwave (built into the cabinetry) and cook tops
built into the countertops. Lower priced homes would more commonly
have a drop-in stove and oven combo with exhaust hood/vent over it.
Yet more and more I see most new construction at every price range, as
well as remodels of higher price range homes where a drop-in stove and
oven combo is used with a combo microwave\exhaust hood/vent over it.
Have times changed? I find it just out of place looking to see a
$330,000 home with a drop in range/oven combo. Just seems like the
wrong ambiance when you've spent $20,000 on all new counters and
cabinets and tile to build or remodel the kitchen.
I don't know where you are looking, but here in NJ I have yet to
see a new high end home or remodel with a drop in stove/oven
combo and microwave/hood. These homes have DUAL ovens and
real vent hoods. The phoney microwave hoods, everyone knows
they are a joke.
Numbers like that are meaningless on a world-wide discussion group.
Where I live, that kind of money won't buy a city lot on the wrong side
of the tracks with a 500 sq. ft. teardown on it. You're talking mobile
home or entry level condo for that.
Think the bottom line is, get what you're really going to use, and what you
can afford. Many homes have fancy kitchens, and no one there knows how to
Kinda like the old saying for the car buffs, if it doesn't go, chrome it!
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