Fridge against wall - panel other side
I'm trying to design this fridge area, so that I can place an upper cabinet on top and a side panel on the left. Can't order the upper cabinet and panel until I figure out the fridge.
I am interested in all options: A) keeping current fridge (that would be the most cost effective solution) or B) selecting a counter depth/integrated/panel ready fridge.
The space is 37" wide. Side wall to the right is 36" deep, but is not structural (i.e., we could make shorter). We could do away with this wall, but currently have an outlet and a light switch on it and I like the wall space it provides. (Reducing width by 12 " will not affect outlet and switch).
Fridge door opens to the right. Pulling out bins to clean them is currently a struggle, due to lack of clearance on right side. Irritating, but I can live with this.
Option A - keep current fridge, which is 34.5" wide x 30.5 inches deep.
I would choose a deeper, upper cabinet, which was flush with the front of the fridge. What I am unclear about is how to retro-fit a panel on the left side of the fridge and whether some sort of trim work to box it in, all the way to the floor on the left, would also be required. Losing any add'l space would exacerbate my door clearance issue and I am concerned about this.
Can you think of a way I can add the panel on the left? I was wondering if it could just rest on the countertop but can't figure out how to secure it there.
Here's a closeup of the countertop edge:
Option B) Select a new counter depth/integrated/possibly panel ready fridge. How do counter depth fridges deal with counter top edges jutting out past 24"? Do I still need 2-6" inches clearance on the side(s) where the doors will open? I was thinking about French door but am now thinking it's better to stay with the right opening door. As with option A, I think I would need to reduce the width of the side wall.
Thanks for any help. I feel like I'm researching UCL lighting again ... so many options and questions ...