Kitchen - Contemporary Built-In Appliances

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | 1:16 AM

By Joy Jackson

Built-in style appliances have been around for decades. Ovens, stoves, and more have been integrated into the cabinetry of a modern kitchen since, well, since they became modern. But contemporary designs take the idea one big step further.

The latest in stove tops until recently was the ceramic glass top. These highly stylish and very functional appliances eliminated the bulky and unsafe coils of the previous generation. Instead, they use a special type of ceramic that heats quickly and, better still, cools down very rapidly. They're still very attractive and functional.

Careful execution lowers costs and minimizes unsightly mistakes. As the old carpenter's saying goes: 'Measure twice, cut once.' Induction stoves are designed to put no heat on the top of the stove at all. How can a stove that generates no heat cook anything? Simple... and ingenious. Instead of putting the current into the stove top, they create (or induce, as the professionals say) a current in the pans themselves. It doesn't work with Pyrex or some metals, such as copper bottomed pans. But stainless steel and cast iron work great.

A pair of screwdrivers - flat head and Philips head (or a power drill with screwdriver add-ons), a hammer, a level, and a hand power saw will be enough for 90% of all projects. Only 50% of the energy of traditional electric coils goes into heating the food. But 90% of the energy used to power an induction stove goes into heating the pan.Several traditional built-in appliances have gotten a makeover in recent years. The microwave, dishwasher, and others have long been features of the modern kitchen. Now, they're even more stylish and functional than ever. They now come in drawer styles.

But even that can be built-up with a little practice, assuming the do-it-yourselfer has at least some creativity to start with. Luckily, that covers just about everyone.It still uses microwave energy to heat moisture inside food. But the appliance is designed to be pulled out and pushed in like a drawer. That can keep the device out of sight when not in use. Other styles push in and out, but the door is the cover, so the front of the microwave is still visible.

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