Hi. This might be the most modest kitchen remodel you've ever seen. :) We have a very small, very awkwardly-shaped kitchen in a 1930 house. It's really a tiny kitchen plus a breakfast room. This will be a galley kitchen with work triangle on one wall.
Here is the space. It is hard to photograph due to the size. Those wall cabinets are coming down too:
And here is a measured drawing with a 24" wide fridge. This is just in the "kitchen" part, over to the arch wall:
We have worked and re-worked the layout a million times and (I THINK) we are down to the last detail: fridge size. Our choices are a standard 27" wide 18 cu. ft. fridge, or a 24" wide 11-ish cu. ft. fridge. The small one gives us just a few more inches of counter space, more base cabinet space, and it might fit the scale of the room better (?). We are a family of four but we don't cook much so I think we could manage with the smaller fridge.
1) The things on either side of the sink could swap (i.e. fridge on the right and dishwasher on the left), but the only problem there is the arched entrance to the breakfast room. The arch is only 22" in on that wall, so the depth of the fridge would break the arch's visual plane. Hard to explain, but the fridge does not look good there. On the other hand, it doesn't look great on the other side of the sink either because it blocks your view of the window when you're walking into the kitchen. 6 of one, half a dozen of another there, but in both cases, I think smaller is better. We do plan to get the fridge first and try it on both sides of the sink to see which way is better aesthetically. Then we will order cabinets accordingly.
2) Resale: while I think I am ok with a tiny-by-U.S.-standards fridge, I doubt anyone else who would be looking to buy a home would be (although the house overall is very small so it is not really out of line....). We are not planning on selling anytime soon, but it's always a possibility that I am aware of. Getting a bigger fridge down the line would involve losing a base cabinet and replacing the countertop, which could scare some people away. Also, I could be fooling myself and wind up doing this work myself a few years from now.
FWIW, the other side of the room opposite the sink wall is a pantry door and door to the basement, so no significant room there for anything and it needs to be clear for traffic. Stove will go under the to-be-removed wall cabinets in the pic above just inside the breakfast room, with a worktable and maybe some wall shelves over the table to the right of the stove. This part of the kitchen will be unfitted. The overall look we're going for is vintage and simple. Think NYC apartment kitchens.
Any words of wisdom on fridge size (or anything else) would be appreciated. Thanks so much for reading all this...