Some of the things to consider when planning for appliances:
Refrigerator’s – the standard size is 36” wide, 70-72” tall, and 32-34” deep. When you see the term “built-in” what is being referred to is a cabinet depth – 24” deep fridge, typically in sizes 36”, 42” and 48”. These can have stainless or cabinet door fronts which match your cabinetry. Built-in fridges look great, they are designed to fit into cabinetry. Their downside is cost, they are more expensive, and they don’t have nearly as much cubic footage as a standard depth fridge. But if you want your fridge to fit-in as seamlessly as possible, you’re looking at a built-in.
If you have the room it’s possible to build a standard depth fridge into a pocket created in the wall behind the fridge, essentially tucking the fridge into the space and hiding the depth. This can give more of a built-in look without the cost.
Ranges have burners, gas or electric, with an oven below. First we’ll cover the standard 30” sizes, which come in three types.
- The freestanding range, which we have all had a one point, 30” wide, controls on the back raised section. They ar cost effective, functional, but not attractive if you want to do any kind of backsplash.
- Next is a 30” slide-in, has a more built-in look, the countertop continues behind the range so the backsplash is unobstructed and has something to sit on. Controls are on top or at the front. There is a drawer below the oven.
- Third type of 30” range is a drop-in, which also has the built-in look of the slide-in, but has an even more integrated look because the drawer below is eliminated and the toekick is continuous.
- From here you typically would step-up to a 36” more commercial looking range, all of the manufacturers have come out with a residential version, very beefy with a lot of stainless, typically gas burners but there are some electric versions out there. Oven below.
- From the 36” range one would go to the 48” version, think Viking, wolf, etc. Many versions available in different combinations of burners, grills, etc. Typically two ovens below, on larger , one smaller. The cost of a small car.
- Advantage to a range is it very efficiently locates two appliances in one very compact space
- Disadvantage is the oven is low to the floor
Cooktops – these are cooking surfaces, either gas or electric, which are cut into the countertop. The countertop surrounds the cooktop, front and back, so it has a very integrated look. Cooktops we work with typically come in 30” and 36” sizes, although there may be some larger versions out there.
Rangetops – take the commercial look of a range and take away the oven and that’s a rangetop. They still have that commercial, “I’m a serious cook” look, controls are on the front, usually with big knobs. Typically gas, although someone probably makes an electric version.
Ovens – if you have chosen to have a cooktop or rangetop you’re going to need an oven. They will need to be built-into a cabinet, typically a tall one so the oven is at a convenient height. Typically they will be electric, but gas is available. A common pairing of appliances in this format is an oven below and a microwave above. It gives a very built-in look (you’ll want the micro trim kit), and puts these two appliances in one location. On the question of double ovens, if you have the room, your budget allows, you’ll use the second one, and you’ve always wanted the second oven, then we’ll make it work. Several other points: We can’t stack double ovens and a micro above because the micro gets to high. You can do a warming drawer below either double ovens or a single oven with micro above. You can put an oven below a countertop, but it will be low, which we will do for a second oven, but rarely for the primary. Also, there are times where space doesn’t allow for an oven in a tall cabinet and is it possible to put one below a cooktop? You can, but you’ll be on your knees trying to use it because it starts under the cooktop, it is really low.
Dishwashers – standard size is 24” wide. You can buy a very serviceable d/w for less than $300, what you get as you spend more is quietness. On some brands a cabinet trim panel can be used if you don’t want to see the front and want the d/w to look integrated into the cabinetry. There is also a d/w available which is a drawer, and you can have two dishwashers in the space of one standard size. I’ve had the two and switched back to a good quality single one, I never could figure out which was clean, or they were both dirty. But they work well if you want one as a secondary d/w in a large island or butler’s pantry when you have parties.
Warming drawers – you’ll have to decide if you’ll use one, standard sizes are 24” and 30” wide, they’re only about 12” high so they can go in a base cabinet or under an oven. You can get cabinet trim panel fronts for them.
Undercounter beverage centers / fridges / wine coolers – standard size is 24” wide for one’s which are to be used in a built-in application. There is an 18” built-in for spaces a 24” won’t fit but they are no less $’s than a 24”. You can get them with a stainless door, a glass door with stainless frame, a glass door and we make a cabinet frame, or a door which accepts a cabinet trim panel. The built-in undercounter units are not inexpensive, but if you want that built-in look you have to go this route. The inexpensive small dorm fridges are not the right size, and need venting around the sizes and top. What makes the built-in undercounter fridges unique is their venting is on the bottom.
Icemakers – standard undercounter size is 15”, although an 18” is available it is rarely used. Most accept a cabinet trim panel front if you don’t want stainless.