Dilemma #1,343 - The Fridge
If you are playing along, I am trying to break down some of my dilemmas into specific posts to get concentrated feedback.
While my partner is in full demo/electrical mode, I continue to grapple with layout, appliances and cabinets. My attempt to hire a designer didn't turn out so well and I got a message Friday they are willing to refund my money, so it looks like I might be back on my own here.
In any case, there's really only one natural place for the fridge to go - even if we end up swerving off and going with an L kitchen for some reason once that wall comes down.
There are exactly 45" from the edge of the BS window to the edge of the sliding door. That does NOT include trim, which has not been installed. As an added note, there is 2 1/2" between the BS window and the corner on the other side of the BS window, so for symmetry it would be nice to have 2 1/2" on the other side as well. However, I am willing to give up that space and have the fridge panel start right at the edge of the window trim if I need to squeeze inches.
All along, what I wanted from the kitchen was to get away from using cabinets as pantry. How I was going to do that was with a tall pantry next to the fridge. However, we had to lock down the size and placement of the BS window and sliding door way before we had even started really conceiving kitchen designs. So, we are stuck and have to work with the space as it is.
So far as I can see, there are 3-4 options.
1 - Go with a tall and skinny counter-depth fridge/freezer, like the Liebherr. BrooklynGalley turned me on to this option. However, I cannot see the fridge in person as no one keeps it in stock up here in Alaska (or anything like this). My aunt in Chicago did see it and immediately determined it would never work for her - and she is single and living in a condo, gone a lot traveling and barely cooks. She said the fridge in particular is really unworkable and too small to fit a pizza box.
In any case, that would eat up basically 25" including the end panel, leaving room for a 12" pull out pantry and 7" gap prior to the slider (assuming we started right at the end of the window trim, otherwise probably more like 5").
2 - Go with a 28-30" inch fridge, which would not be able to have a pull-out freezer drawer unless it is 30" or more. It wouldn't be counter-depth, so it would stick out more in the room, which particularly concerns me around the slider. We could pack in pantry, but it would basically take it to the slider and that seems really, really tight. It would basically take it right up to the slider.
3 - Say goodbye to the pull-out pantry at the fridge, and go with a 32-36" counter-depth with pull out freezer. Spendy, but more fridge space. Counter-depth to keep it low profile around the door/entrance to kitchen. My partner then suggests a low profile tall cabinet that could somehow store cell phone chargers or a broom closet. I don't know how deep those things tend to be.
Here's a basic rendering of just a fridge, but it shows full depth as CD was not an option on the design program.
Here's the other thing to note, I guess. The current plan is to consider putting 12" floor to ceiling cabinets on the far DR wall.I guess the one closest to the sliding door wall could act as a food pantry. My question is how inconvenient that is really going to be for everyday cooking. It's not like our house is huge, but it will mean scooting over there, around the DR table, when you want a can of soup or whatever...
How much do those pull-out pantries even hold? Am I stressing to get one in when it just doesn't make sense?
Thoughts? What would you do?