I asked a related question in the Kitchens forum last week but didn't get much response.
I'm trying to figure out the layout of the refrigerator in my kitchen design. I have some options and I'd be interested to hear the opinions of those on this forum...
This is how the layout is shown on our plans currently (click the pictures for a bigger size):
There is a tight work triangle between the refrigerator, prep area and range, which pleases me.
What worries me however is the 36" counter depth fridge. In a previous residence I installed a 48" counter depth fridge and found it ... compact to say the least. I had initially anticipated surviving with this smaller fridge by having a backup in the garage, but I am growing concerned as we have a little one now and there is more stuff in the fridge. The annoyance of having to go out to the garage for stuff not found in the main fridge is not something I want to encounter on a daily basis. There is not room in the nearby pantry for a fridge, btw.
I think a 36" fridge column would work for us however, so I began playing around with some alternates:
In this one I flip the fridge and the wall oven, and add a 24" freezer column next to the 36" fridge column. The concern I have with this one is that it distorts the work triangle wrt. the prep zone and the range, and the counter to the left of the freezer (to be used for storage of appliances like a KitchenAid mixer, food processor etc) becomes less accessible from the prep area. The benefit is that the fridge/freezer are still adjacent and are now out of the immediate work area so they can be accessed while cooking is in progress.
This was the second concept. I left the fridge and wall oven where they were - but made the fridge an all-fridge column and added a 24" freezer column to the far left of the wall oven. I liked this because the freezer is relatively less frequently used, and this kept the fridge close to the prep area. The downside now that I can see is that the freezer is a good trek from the fridge, so if you want a drink with ice in it, you'd have to get a glass from the glass cabinet (near the cleanup sink) and trudge over to the freezer, then trudge back to the fridge to get your beverage.
- I've considered fridge/freezer drawers, but they don't work well with our cabinet style (flush inset), and don't generally seem to offer much space.
- I'm resisting having two fridges or two freezers, because I think it'd be confusing as to what items were in what unit. Did I put the butter in this one or that one?
We are a significant remodel of a 1960s house. We are constrained to the existing footprint + some additions that are already locked in (in permitting phase, structural engineering done, etc.) i.e. no further changes to building envelope at this point.
The kitchen caps one end of a large "great room". The kitchen is towards the interior of the house, with a small half-banquette area on the exterior wall for everyday meals.
The island is intended to give me a commanding view of the entire great room from the prep/cooking area.
The position of the cleanup sink and the window it's centered on cannot change, as it is tightly constrained by an existing perpendicular wall on the other side of that wall.
Does anyone have any clever ideas that I haven't considered? Am I just over thinking this? Is a 36" Over/Under counter-depth fridge/freezer enough for a family of 2-4 who would occasionally entertain up to 10-12? Thanks in advance!
This post was edited by caben on Sun, Oct 13, 13 at 1:54