You don't have to be a certified kitchen designer to notice that the microwave oven is typically treated like a leftover part. Ridiculous, because microwaves have long since grown from toaster-oven size to that of whole-turkey zappers. Unless your clients actually want the microwave to occupy valuable countertop real estate, many locations in the average kitchen can be designed or modified to accommodate this bulky appliance.

To pick the best location, first determine who'll be using the microwave the most and what they'll use it for. A microwave that's used as a principal appliance should be located somewhere between the refrigerator and the sink for convenience. If the primary cook isn't the primary user, a location outside the main work triangle makes sense. For...

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