Help, new refrigerator is too tall to fit under a cabinet!
Hello, we are new home owners. Our kitchen recently flooded and we had to rip out the laminate flooring. We are taking this opportunity to put tile flooring and upgrade our appliances to stainless steel. We are not planning on redoing the counters or the cabinetry, as they are well made and in excellent condition. The problem is, that as of now, our new chosen fridge is 1/8" too tall to fit under the cabinet and that's measuring from the concrete up, and it requires 1/2" clearance on top for circulation. We can't find another refrigerator we like in our price range and we have to consider all of our options in modifying the cabinet. We are also concerned with the expence it would entail, and my husband would have to do the work himself. Above the cabinetry is the soffit that houses a vent and some pipe work. Would it look strange to remove the cabinet over the fridge and replace it with an open shelf? What is usually Done in this situation?