Surround this "power appliance" with panels, but avoid a normal cabinet-above refrigerator installation. Because this area is very difficult to access, why not make it an open display space? Whether traditional or contemporary, a 30'' to 46'' wide, 15'' to 25'' high opening above a refrigerator can be a spot to add architectural detailing.
Designer’s Notebook 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. APPLIANCEA INTERFACE 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 www.KitchenBathDesign.com 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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