Built In Look With Counter Depth Fridge installation

dms1973December 24, 2013

I have finally decided that I just don't have the budget for a built in fridge and have settled on a counter depth for my kitchen remodel. In looking through photos of counter depth fridge installations some look incredibly good and others are not quite as well integrated. Are there any tricks that my cabinet maker should know in order to help get an installation that really gets that built in look?

Also, are there any cabinet depth fridges that don't have the gray plastic feet at the bottom that give it away as a cabinet depth fridge? Thanks for any advice!

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We had to make a lot of trips to the appliance store to check out exactly how the hinges open. That has a lot to do with how far forward the box has to sit. I was all set to get the Electrolux, but we will be looking directly at the side of the thing, so my husband talked me into the Liebherr. Maybe there was another solution, but that's where we ended up. I don't recall what the feet look like, though.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 10:52AM
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You can have your cabinet maker make all of your boxes on the same line as the cabinet extra deep, at least an inch and up to three (25 to 27 inches), in order to fit the full body depth. Or, you have to have your GC install your water line and plugs to be as recessed as possible behind the fridge opening. In fact, at the narrower 25" depth, you may still have to recess your plugs and water connections.

I have a 24" depth and one of the few CD fridges that come with a 23 1/2" deep body, plus a special trim kit. And, I still had to route the water line up from the floor and recess the plugs in order to get it to all fit.

All in all, it will still stick out, unless you get a built-in, integrated refrigerator. It will just stick out less. Many of the models do have a black or grey cover at the bottom that cover the bottom, some have a grill, and others, as you note, just have feet.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 5:20PM
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