I want to convert my electric range to a gas range, but when the men came to connect the gas, they told me they could not because the local code requires 18″ clearance from the top of the countertops to the bottom of the upper cabinets. Our clearance measured 17 1/4″.
My options appear to be:
- Cancel the project
- Raise the upper cabinets 1″ higher
- Saw 3/4″ off the bottom of the upper cabinets
- Saw 3/4″ off the top of the lower cabinets when replacing the laminate countertops with granite.
I would also need to hire an electrician to install a 110v electrical outlet. I have a gas water heater and fireplace. I was told that hooking up the gas line could cost up to $1200. Is this project worth pursuing?
What is the best option that is not going to break my wallet?