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Old 03-31-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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Ideas for Hole Where Stovetop Used to Be...

We pulled out the stove top (out of our 13ft 74 boler) and now are mulling over what to do over the hole. Wooden cutting board screwed into top, oooorrrr.... I admit I keep looking at that darned thing and feel clueless. I'm usually full of ideas but the cutting board thing seems to be all I can come up with. Any pics or advice/ideas at all are super appreciated!!!!
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:11 PM   #2
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Bigger sink... like dual bowls? Seriously, somewhere here on FiberglassRV is a picture where someone had covered the entire counter with a neato shuffleboard (all wood) great for cooking and food preparation. How about filling the hole so it's flush and putting a fresh piece of formica down? Excellent opportunity to personalize your trailer in a color you like.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:25 PM   #3
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At my house (shop) that question is easily (and often) answered.
You now have an oportunity for a new counter top. My weapon of choice for that is the solid wood counter tops available at IKEA such as the Lagan series like this:
LAGAN Countertop - 49 5/8x25 5/8 " - IKEA
or, as Donna mentioned, a larger sink.
IKEA also has a nice round and very deep stainless steel sink for less than $50.00
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99897221/
or my s.o.'s favorite:
A stainless steel sink with built in drainer (several sizes and shapes are listed, here's one) http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S39847465/
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:54 PM   #4
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well now that you all mention it, a new sink would be nice... may as well rip out the old one and start fresh with countertop and sink i suppose. wasn't in the plan entirely, but plans change don't we know
will ponder and price out
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:20 PM   #5
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A nice large one piece countertop would give you complete freedom to put in a differend sink (maybe an undercounter type?). It doesn't look "patched" that way.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:33 PM   #6
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Here's a post where Keith and Dee put the Lagan into their SOB: New countertop in the SOB Looks sweet!
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:57 PM   #7
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that does look niiice.
i will admit we are not handy types, so i have to figure out the easiest (not to mention budget friendly) route for us to take with the counter/sink scene. i do hate that bitty sink with the super low taps that really can't be functional to anyone - so getting a deeper sink (maybe one with a 1 1/2 basin with grate) with a taller faucet plus a new countertop slab to cover the hole and freshen things up seems the way to go. i'm sure there are tutorials to show us how to do something like that. i think my husband thought we'd just block up the hole with a jazzed up piece o' wood - won't he be surprised when i propose the above! HA!
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:21 PM   #8
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I too was contemplating removing the cooktop in our Trillium and thought the Ikea LAGAN counter top was nice looking.

I checked out the price - very reasonable at $39 in the USA, not so reasonable at $70 in Canada...maybe a trip across the line is in my future.

We're currently renovating bathrooms and have discovered huge discrepancies in the prices of toilets and taps between the normal DIY big-box stores in the Vancouver area and the same ones just across the border in Bellingham. (I sometimes have troubles justifying in my mind such huge differences for the same product)
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Another suggestion, if weight isn't a huge concern... there's a "bone yard" of items contractors/remodelers remove from stick built homes not far from me. I've often thought I'd like to have a full Corian countertop with the built in "deep" sink in my trailer. The stuff is cheap at the bone yard. Finding a large enough piece with the sink at one end, versus in the middle, may be a bit tough. But would be cool! YMMV

Alli, it took me ten years and a bunch of camp outs to finally change the sink faucets to a high rise and paddle handles. YEAH! Should have done it 9-1/2 years ago! A couple of simple mods that make a world of difference
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I too was contemplating removing the cooktop in our Trillium and thought the Ikea LAGAN counter top was nice looking.

I checked out the price - very reasonable at $39 in the USA, not so reasonable at $70 in Canada...maybe a trip across the line is in my future.

We're currently renovating bathrooms and have discovered huge discrepancies in the prices of toilets and taps between the normal DIY big-box stores in the Vancouver area and the same ones just across the border in Bellingham. (I sometimes have troubles justifying in my mind such huge differences for the same product)
I hear you David - I got my Nexus a year ago and have never looked back. I do most of my shops across the line, sad but true. I rarely have [duty]problems coming back either, so it makes sense to get the most bang for your buck and make the trek.
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Bigger sink... like dual bowls? Seriously, somewhere here on FiberglassRV is a picture where someone had covered the entire counter with a neato shuffleboard (all wood) great for cooking and food preparation. How about filling the hole so it's flush and putting a fresh piece of formica down? Excellent opportunity to personalize your trailer in a color you like.

Does one buy formica themselves and create the countertop or is that something professionals do? I sat in "*Eunice" for a while and think that a nice creamy soft buttery yellow countertop would be best and i don't think i can get that with wood.

*Eunice was the original name given to our boler by previous longtime owners and no matter how hard we tried to call her 'the creamsicle' or 'gumball' or 'pumpkin' she still seemed more like a 'eunice' so we've gone back to that which seems most befitting of her.
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You will probably have to lay up the laminate top on a substrate yourself or get a cabinet shop to do it for you. The colors and patterns available are almost unlimited. Because we wanted a different sized sink and a new cooktop we put in a new top. The laminate is a Wilsonart premium with a life time guarantee(for what that is worth) with a ceramic coating,it is tough and wasn't too expensive. Less than $3.00 a square foot-for just the laminate. Add a piece of plywood and an edge and there is a quite small cash out lay even if you have to pay someone to do the lamination for you. The first pic is the finished job, the second is a mock up of the deck with the solid wood edge before the laminate was installed
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if you didn't want to change the top, could you fill that space with a nicely made "Box" with a lid that sits flush with the top? It would give you more storage space under the counter.

You could store a portable stove in there for those occasions when you DO want to cook insde. It would still be outta sight and outta mind most of the time.
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You cook put a cook top there.....

Actually a sunken cook top like this.

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