11 | 05 | 2013
Don’t forget the appliances
So you’ve picked out all of your new cabinets and you’ve found the perfect granite slabs? Now you’re anxiously waiting for the cabinet delivery and the construction phase to begin. What’s next?
If you’ve been working with a professional local design showroom your answer to that question won’t be “Selecting appliances”.
Planning for appliances has become a must during the design phase of your kitchen remodel. With all the options available you will want to be sure you explore everything before finalizing the cabinet design. Following you will find a few things to consider.
What type of stove do you want? You can select a free-standing stove with the controls on the back, a slide-in stove with the controls on the front, or a cook-top. If you’re interested in a cook-top you will need to add an oven cabinet to your cabinet layout. If you decide on the other two styles you will need to decide if you want a standard 30” wide range, a 36”, or larger.
How about your refrigerator? You can order a standard refrigerator or a counter depth. Beyond that you will need to know what width you desire. Refrigerators come in standard widths such as 30”, 33”, or 36”. However, the height is also important. The height will determine what size cabinet you will need above it. A cabinet that is too tall will not allow the refrigerator to slide in, and a short cabinet will leave an unsightly gap between the two.
And then there’s the dreaded microwave. Where should that go? You can just use a countertop model, or you can order a microwave oven cabinet. Another option would be above the range. If you’re going to put it above the range it will change the size of the cabinet above it. If you don’t plan ahead for an over-the-range microwave you won’t be able to add one later because it will sit too low.
Dishwashers are pretty straight forward but you will need to leave a 24” space for it.
Another option to consider would be panel ready appliances. These will accept cabinetry panels that match the kitchen so the appliances blend in to the design. You will need all the model numbers of the appliances so the cabinet company can make the panels the right size.
If you would like more information about appliances and cabinetry please feel free to contact us