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                                                                                                                                                                 This kitchen
         Using creative ideas to                                                                                                                             plan locates the
                                                                                                                                                             dishwasher in a
                                                                                                                                                              raised position
         facilitate the interface                                                                                                                          with a microwave
                                                                                                                                                               above, making
                                                                                                                                                             both appliances
         between kitchen appliances                                                                                                                            easy to reach.
                                                                                                                                                             The refrigerator
         and cabinetry can give                                                                                                                               is a decorative
                                                                                                                                                              highlight of the
                                                                                                                                                           room, rather than
         any size kitchen a more                                                                                                                                being hidden
                                                                                                                                                              behind panels.

         personalized appeal.

                  great way to be more creative
                  this year is to rethink how
                  to integrate appliances in
                  the cabinetry for both large
                  and small kitchen plans. Go
         beyond simply choosing between
         totally integrating appliance units
         within casework or featuring
         freestanding appliances that take
         center stage in the kitchen to offer
         the consumer a “one-of-a-kind”
         kitchen solution.
             Such a focus on the appliance
         component of a new plan makes                  By Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID
         sense right now. Regardless of
         the budget allowance or style                  help the client select appliances, as   personalized to the family’s needs.    MIXING AND MATCHING
         requested, the room will have a                well as being creative when placing        By re-energizing your knowledge     Let’s first consider the simplest –
         full complement of appliances.                 the appliances, can be the “tipping     around appliance engineering           and most affordable – way to be
         Using your design “know how” to                point” that separates your design       innovations, and moving beyond         creative when integrating cabinets
                                                        from the competition. Although          predictable appliance placement,       and appliances: mix and match these
                                                        the consumer may focus on the           you can offer a great solution,        various elements.
         Option one locates the built-in cooking
         equipment in a traditional stacked             investment they are considering         without introducing new products           Rather than automatically
         configuration. Option two for the same          for the new kitchen, the buying         you are unfamiliar with, and without   paneling the refrigerator, consider
         space repositions these appliances in a        decision will be made based on          dramatically overshooting the          transforming this piece into a “power
         horizontal installation next to one another.   who offers the most creative plan,      budget.                                appliance.”

40 KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN NEWS | MARCH 2009                                                                                             
    Refrigerator finishes that                 Moving beyond the typical                    In a much larger kitchen, separating the
minimize fingerprints offer a new          definition of base, wall and tall               refrigerator from the freezer makes a far
look (remember how important               cabinets gives you freedom to                    more frequently used pantry accessible
                                                                                           to the cook, plus provides wall space for
innovation is to your client), so          rethink appliance locations.
                                                                                                                 a television screen.
consider suggesting something other            Here are a few ideas for your
than stainless steel.                      consideration.
    ■ If a freestanding refrigera-             ■ Use a bank of mid-height
tor's depth is an issue, find out if you    cabinets at the end of a run to house
can recess it through a wall into an       a raised dishwasher, as well as
adjacent area.                             other “point-of-use” appliances – for
    ■ Surround this “power appli-          example, a microwave oven installed
ance” with panels, but avoid a normal      directly above a raised dishwasher.
cabinet-above refrigerator installa-       Or, consider a microwave, warming
tion. Because this area is very difficult   drawer and coffeemaker installed
to access, why not make it an open         horizontally next to one another in
display space? Whether traditional or      a mid-height cabinet application.
contemporary, a 30" to 46" wide, 15"       Double built-in wall ovens are much
to 25" high opening above a refrigera-     more accessible if installed side-by-
tor can be a spot to add architectural     side as well.
detailing. If you do make this a               ■ Use the concept of a pedestal
display area, plan on a strip of LED       cabinet at the end of an island, at
lighting directly behind the valance,      the back of an island, in the midst
and make the display area shallower        of a kitchen countertop run – or any          units. We seem to have shifted our             out of the way when the family was
than the full refrigerator depth.          other location where a continuous
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