Wait, what?! Indeed, the microwave. And a pretty awesome one at that.
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Just because you can heat food up without a microwave doesn't mean you should. Sure, I guess I could technically walk to work, but it'll take two hours and will absolutely suck. No thanks, I'll drive. Can I offer you some antibiotics to take care of your cold? "Nah, I'm gonna ride it out and see how long it takes my immune system to tackle it..."
We couldn't go with a countertop version because it would eat up too much room, and our stove is on the island, so no over-the-range version, either. That left "built-in" as the only option. Challenge: accepted.
Unfortunately, as I soon found out, even the most basic built-in models are expensive. Not because they are in any way better, but because they require trim kits to make them, by definition, "built in." I'll save you the time...no, the trim kit usually does not come with the microwave, and yes, it is almost as expensive as the microwave itself.
Solution? The Sharp KB6524P 24" Microwave Drawer.
Easy, right? Not so fast, my friend. It required a hole to be cut out and then a support frame to be built, which in hindsight, would've been a lot easier had I waited until the granite guys tore out the countertops. Who am I, Bob Villa? Lay off me!
And here is how the rest of the kitchen turned out, in short-attention-span-friendly before/after pics: