OK, who has ordered a fridge that doesn't fit into your kitchen?
Because we almost did! The layout supports a 36" wide fridge that is up to 33" deep. We are replacing a 30" w, 30" d fridge and of course were thrilled with the idea of more storage space! Yesterday we nearly settled on the Samsung RFG297AARS, a French door that is 36"w x 33"d.
Just today we realized that our two pocket doors are 27" and 29.xx" wide. Note that it is not 30" wide. My best guess is that they got this fridge in via the current outside door, which is just barely 30" wide. However, to get another 36" of counter and upper space, we had planned to close off that door and use a nearby exterior door. Here are the options that I see:
-Have the handyman cut out the 30" door as well as the moldings and adjacent few inches all the way to the el of the wall to make a 33" w opening. Dump old fridge, bring new fridge in, seal off door, then have no prayer of getting the thing out again in 10 or 20 years without cutting into our walls. We won't be here at the time, so it won't be our problem.
-Get a 30" w, 33" d fridge, bring it in through the same door, seal the door off, and have the same issue. However, removing the doors should allow egress of this fridge in the future
-Get a 33 or 36" w counter depth (28" or so) and bring it in without handles. The equivalent Samsung, the RFG237AA, is 23 cu ft instead of 29 cu ft and costs the same amount of money. The only options for a french door in these dimensions on AJMadison are Samsung and Electrolux for about $600 more.
-Look into a freestanding fridge that will fit plus an undercounter freezer? Have no idea if this is more expensive or not. We'll put the current top freezer fridge in the basement to replace the very old one down there, so we'll have that amount of extra freezer space.
Is there something that I'm missing? Please say so! I'm cranky that we seem to "have" to choose counter depth, which I have no desire for. And cutting into a wall with a pocket door adds pretty significant expense. Aargh!