We built our home 30 years ago and thought we'd like to replace the countertops with granite or quartz as well as the cooktop. We found the specs on most propane gas and electric cooktops specify a minimum distance of 18" between the cooktop and adjacent upper cabinets. Ours measure at 17 1/4". Obviously things have changed in 30 years as we passed all inspections and received a certificate of occupancy.
Our cabinets are 30" and hang from a soffit which houses plumbing on one wall and accommodates the venting above the cooktop to the outside.
Any suggestions? do we take out the upper cabinets and gain the extra 3/4" by making the soffit shorter (if we can), take the cabinets off the wall that is behind the cooktop, or WHAT?
Checking with the building inspector was no help. I'm considering keeping the old cooktop and plopping it back in granite or quartz.