I still cannot figure out what's wrong with a stand-alone fridge.
When the built-in fridge that came with the house broke, we bought - keeping future remodel in mind - a new CD (24" deep) fridge. It is at the very end of the shorter leg of an L-shaped counter with one side by the kitchen entrance door (from the LR).
We could have gotten a less expensive one w/o SS sides (in order for it to be built-in) but b/c of the space being very limited on that wall, I did not want to waste precious 3" on something that served no function. That is why we got one with SS front and sides, so it could stand alone, next to the counter.
Now, I am seeing *everywhere* only fridges that have cabinet walls around them and with closed cabinets above, of the same depth as the fridge, even if the upper cabinets next to them are not as deep.
(To be clear, I am not talking about integrated fridges.)
There are other reasons, not quite relevant to this discussion, why I don't want cabinetry around the fridge or CD cabinets above it, though I wouldn't mind an open shelf or cabinets of the same depth as the other upper cabinets on that wall (say, 12").
Could you, kitchen design pros, explain to me why it would be a wrong thing to do, so to speak?