The Hot Wall
The “Hot Wall” – or the cabinetry surrounding the built-in double oven, range, and range hood – is the first section Norm builds, using some of the techniques explained in the first two episodes.
Norm introduces the location of the dream kitchen on the footprint of an existing version shop built by its owner 30 years ago. Improvements in materials since then and the use of techniques not available in the 1970s will mean stronger cabinets that are easier to use and maintain, look attractive over a long lifetime, and add considerable value to the home. Best of all, the new kitchen can be built for a fraction of the cost of a kitchen built by professionals.
After showing how to build the carcass for the oven cabinet, Norm adds a storage organizer for trays and cookie sheets and a large drawer below for pot lids. He also plans a small base cabinet next to the range and two wall hung units to complete the group. Next, he shows off the details of the prototype inset door and drawer design, which will be used extensively in this kitchen. Norm finishes this episode by building a dovetailed drawer box with a plain front. This drawer design will also be used throughout the dream kitchen.