Combination oven installed– baking AND a microwave in the same box!
A combination oven has traditional baking with a standard heating element, PLUS a microwave in the same box; so we can skip having a separate microwave elsewhere.
Here is the blog post where I was shopping for combination ovens and considering our options… visit if you wish to see what I would have bought if money was no consideration— FANCY WITH BRASS OOOOH SHINY.
After much comparison, we settled on the Bosch Convection Combination Oven; more expensive than the GE Combination Wall Oven but it gets great reviews and Paul liked some specifications that didn’t matter to me because both only come in stainless with black glass so I hated both of them and it is a testament to my unusual and amazing flexibility that I was able to compromise.
Aside, Kitchen Aid makes a WHITE combination oven unit which was what I WANTED… but it gets awfulterrible reviews– at the link there is a photo of the paint inside the oven peeling. Miele also makes white but is $$$$.
BUT! THEN! Amazon! Did you know they have a “warehouse deal” section? I did not! Now I will check there for EVERYTHING because we got white Miele for nearly what we would have paid for Bosch!
It has knobs on the combination oven– a design element I do not like (they do make one without knobs, but it is $4k JUST for the one oven!) But no worries tho– because I am a reasonable person, I only spent 17 hours hating the knobs then I got over it.
I read absolutely no bad reviews for Miele… until after we had them installed— it comes with a glass baking tray that I could not tell if ACTUAL glass or some kind of toxicbakeableplastic. So I googled it; that’s when I found negative reviews about the glass tray breaking when whacked.
My reaction to the angry reviewers was— duh… anyone who has ever owned a glass french press KNOWS YOU WILL BREAK IT IMMEDIATELY.
Aside— we use a stainless press and it’s AWESOME— totally indestructible AND insulated… I do not even know why they make the glass ones.
Random ending: this kitchen design I came across and wanted to show you… I think this is so smart because the ladder is small enough to be manageable!
May 21, 2019 @ 12:32 pm
Wow, the kitchen is coming along nicely! I can’t wait to see it all finished (as I am sure you do too!). Oh, and thanks a lot for introducing me to Humphrey Munson. OMG.
May 21, 2019 @ 12:33 pm
Bought a Bodum glass French Press in 2015 for 13.00$. Been trying to break it ever since, so I can get a stainless one. TIL I have luck in something. lol
May 21, 2019 @ 1:06 pm
Right there with you! Lusting for stainless steel but have a one cup and a six cup that just won’t die!
May 21, 2019 @ 12:35 pm
What’s the latest with cats and kittens?
May 21, 2019 @ 12:37 pm
I have a Bosch dishwasher that has the smooth buttons and at this point (4 years old) the Stop button’s letters are wearing away as it is apparently the button that we use the most. I also have the buttons on my double ovens and they are ALWAYS covered with fingerprints. Or at least until I am having a party and clean them off. But then I use them once at the party and boom, it looks gross again.
Knobs may not be so bad.
May 21, 2019 @ 12:43 pm
It looks lovely! But I NEED to know. Did you end up doing the induction cooktop?!?? My entire kitchen is on hold waiting to see if you’ve pulled this off so I’m extremely, very, painfully anticipating your decision.
May 21, 2019 @ 4:05 pm
New house. Inspectors wouldn’t okay integrated induction cooktop; on top of that, they required an exhaust hood. Installed GE Monogram 36″ induction cooktop with Miele exhaust hood. Cooktop is gray mirror finish and looks great in white countertop. Love, love, love cooking on induction; never going back to gas!
July 1, 2019 @ 9:51 pm
I too am PATIENTLY awaiting an update on the under counter induction cooktop…. I was already beyond frustrated it’s at all the international kitchen shows yet can’t be had in the US, then she wrote about it & I thought YES!! SOMEONE IS GOING TO SHOW ME HOW TO DO IT! I’ve held off demolition because of this haha. Hopefully she’ll give us an update soon now that Paul is back & life is moving forward again 🙂
May 21, 2019 @ 12:48 pm
Sometimes you just HVE to have IT. Granted, there are many many IT’s. 🤷🏻♀️
May 21, 2019 @ 12:55 pm
I love that Paul did the ovens like he did the fridge. I love to see the outside of the house to get a better idea of what he did with the framing. So very excited to see it all coming together for you and can’t wait to see more in-depth info.
I was reading your Marie kondo installment. I hope you did not get rid of all of your disco balls, I saw the cutest video of kittens playing with them, batting them around a room , chasing light on the walls. I’d love a kitten update too.
May 26, 2019 @ 9:54 am
Yes yes yes! Dying to know how this is framed out.
Mary Beth Pfaff
May 21, 2019 @ 1:14 pm
Be glad you did not go GE. I had the single oven with the microwave above it (white) and went through 3 microwaves. Paint peeled off inside immediately in all 3 and after the 2nd time, I was told GE would not replace it. I had to pay for a #3 out of pocket. I was so fed up when #3 died that I tore the whole thing out of the wall, and had an installer put in a regular double oven for me. The installer who also owned the appliance store told me that GE makes really terrible microwaves! Wish I had known that earlier.
May 21, 2019 @ 2:52 pm
It coming along! It’s going to be beautiful.
May 21, 2019 @ 3:23 pm
I like! No doubt you way past ready to be finished with this kitchen overhaul!
May 21, 2019 @ 4:01 pm
I understand how the fridge is recessed, but even after going through lots of kitchen posts, I’m failing to understand how you recessed the ovens. Did you build another bump out just for them?
May 21, 2019 @ 7:21 pm
Yes! How are the ovens next to that window? Is your house the TARDIS? What is this witchcraft? XD
May 21, 2019 @ 5:48 pm
I have a Bosch dishwasher which I purchased fairly recently, and I love it. The comparable Miele was about 50% more money. My all time favorite coffee maker is a Bialetti Mocha Cafe. It’s actually an espresso maker, but I just make regular coffee in it. IT MAKES THE MOST DIVINE COFFEE! I feel that I’m getting a richer, more complex cup of coffee. Now I’m spoiled because when I drink coffee from a regular coffee maker, it’s tastes thin and I’m just disappointed. It’s the one that comes with it’s own hot plate. You just put the coffee in, put the water in, plug it in, turn it on. It does everything for you, so you don’t have to watch it. I don’t care for the stove top version. I have to sit and watch it, and I can’t tell if I am getting the water too hot and the thing is going to explode, or something. Well, the hot plate finally died, AND THEY DON’T MAKE IT ANYMORE! They only make the stove top version. Quelle horreur!
I can’t wait to see your completed kitchen project. (I so need a new kitchen!)
May 21, 2019 @ 9:32 pm
I had to have the electric panels on my Thermador double oven replaced FOUR times… because they can’t take the heat from actually using the top oven!!!! I was finally told they don’t make the electronics to go with that oven anymore after only 13 years (the insides were immaculate and the heating element still worked perfectly), even though they still sell almost the exact same oven, tweaked just enough to no longer be compatible. Makes me sick to know all this still just filling up landfills when they are still perfectly good. Anyway, I replaced it with a Bosch double oven with knobs because they guy said it is less electronics to break. I hated it for about an hour and now I like them. Simpler, easier to use, and cleaner than a black glass screen with finger prints all over it.
May 21, 2019 @ 11:04 pm
Your wedding-dancing video is breathtaking! And romantic and funny too, of course!
May 22, 2019 @ 11:02 am
Agree knobs are better than push button screens that are always dirty and the letters wear off, But I don’t know how I would program all the different features/ functions of my double oven with knobs. Also agree GE makes crap appliances, just replaced 2 and soon to replace a third. Maytag up to the plate and swinging for the fence!
Have no idea how you have been living without a kitchen for this long- what’s it been almost 2 years? God bless you and Paul’s patience.
May 22, 2019 @ 5:13 pm
Wish I could borrow Paul,I just had 16 kitchen cabinets,flat pack,delivered with a 12 ft and an 8 ft cherry butcher block counter and son has never worked with either one so here’s hoping? The kitchen is beautiful and I hope you both start a tradition of individuality in home design. Mine is obviously going to be the same old same old but so grateful to have a kitchen again. At this point I’d take orange crates and plywood.
May 23, 2019 @ 12:44 am
Neat following along your journey. May I ask what’s the value of the extra space above fridge?
home before dark
May 23, 2019 @ 12:53 pm
Agree with all about how wonderful the kitchen is coming along. As a Miele double oven owner, buy the extended warranty!!!! I kept hearing how wonderful Miele is. Well, after one year the top oven went wacko. Back and forth about not being wacko. Turns out they kept testing the temp (falling) on reg bake and it was the convection band that was wacko. It was only after I kept meticulous logs of time/temp that they agreed something was wrong. Terrible experience. My Miele is three years ago and unless they have changed the algorithm, the preheat goes off, the oven kicks end and drops 10-20 degrees. In my very expensive, German -proud engineered double ovens I now use chef mate temp probes in each oven. It takes about an hour to preheat to stability no matter what that stupid “beep” says!
May 30, 2019 @ 9:31 pm
Oooooooo!! Smart Ladder!!!
June 10, 2019 @ 12:15 pm
Love how your kitchen is coming along, Victoria and Paul!!! I’ve enjoyed watching a bunch of your videos, too. Still love the Kingdom Mirror post… <3
Happy summer and hopefully you actually can use your kitchen fully soon,