Initially, I wanted to inset the induction cooktop, INTO the kitchen countertop.
But your comments dissuaded me.
IN the counter is fantastic… until it needs to be replaced; at which point you now have a custom hole in your countertop the exact size of your old cooktop… so you’d better hope you can get a new one that exact size.
Is that going to happen?
Of course not.
Fortunately, logic does not apply to me; so I’m planning to inset the lightest color cooktop I could find (in the American market)… it has one, lonely, terrible, angry review… which, for me, was invalidated by his surprise at something happening that any research will TELL you CAN HAPPEN.
The cooktop is made of GLASS… insetting (rather than resting on top)– and securing a piece of GLASS inside a dissimilar-material and then heating and cooling the GLASS, and giving it absolutely no flex because it is caulked/glued on all four sides.
There is a possibility that the glass can crack.
You know, because it’s GLASS.
If you are considering induction for yourself, the comments on my introduction to induction, and follow-up, comparing induction cooking to a traditional gas range, are a wealth of information about other people’s actual lived experiences.
I found them so helpful because I had literally NEVER SEEN induction.
Like… I vaguely knew there was some other random option… but thought nothing of it because… Pinterest?
Our previous plan had the cooktop on the perimeter wall… which meant that it would be integrated into a piece of solid countertop about 10 feet long; which would itself be secured to all kinds of things: cabinets, walls, backsplash.
It would not be simple to remove a countertop that is attached on multiple planes to different types of material… I could see how having an issue down the road would be a real pain in the neck.
So I thought – it probably won’t kill me to have a thin piece of glass resting on top of the counter.
it’s nice to have proof of how reasonable I am.
Also, lots of you had great ideas for disguising the cooktop… fancy silver trays, buckets of flowers.
Weirdly, no one suggested the method I find most effective:
piles of crap!
Have you not tried it this way?
It works EVERYWHERE IN YOUR HOME!
But now that we have rearranged everything to accommodate the NWoF, we are putting the cooktop into the island, and it would seem that the pain-in-the-neck-equation… has tipped back.
Probably because I have absolutely zero understanding of what we are undertaking.
But also, if we NEEDED to reformat the countertop… it would be… not a problem?
The phrase “not a problem” is not EXACTLY accurate.
But you understand what I am saying.
Also: it turns out that the antique piano island will lend itself perfectly to removing one of the TOP/hidden drawers- the lower drawer will not be affected.
What about the wires?
Do I have IDEAS for hiding the wires?
So many ideas.
The BEST ideas.
With various levels of practicality.
Ranging from lol, to sheer idiocy.
The sheer idiocy ones are SO GOOD.
My IDEAS are the bane of my existence.
Right now I am counseling myself to KEEP IT SIMPLE.
But simultaneously, Self submitted a new proposal: SUPER FANCY OLD STOVE… inset the cooktop in THAT.
Obviously, I just spent 97hours looking for that stove.
It is nowhere to be found.
I could only find disappointing drab stoves that were not designed by the Victorian Liberace.
So we are stuck with the boring old piano island.
No bigly brass.
Also, obviously– my IDEAS are not ACTUALLY solutions; they are just me trying to figure out how to have more stuff.
I like to have goals I can excel at.