Let your fridge blend neatly into its surroundings
In many kitchens, one of the first things you see is the refrigerator; it’s big, it’s shiny, and its surface is often peppered with souvenir magnets, wedding invitations, or to-do lists. In these cook spaces, all renovated by Sweeten general contractors, the homeowners decided to integrate the appliance with custom paneling and cabinetry instead.
Given the open layout of their brownstone apartment, Melissa and Russ wanted to make sure it didn’t feel like they were always in the kitchen. A fully custom cabinet system with integrated appliances (including the refrigerator) helped achieve this goal.
When Ainsley and Simon’s architect discovered that the column in the kitchen was merely decorative, they came up with a plan to tuck the refrigerator inside of it and add custom panels. “You don’t look at it and think it is a fridge at all,” Ainsley said.
Lauren’s front door led directly into the kitchen. When it came time to renovate, she had to choose between creating a traditional entryway or designing a hybrid space that would add square footage to the kitchen. She chose the latter and opted for a seamless wall of cabinetry to contain the refrigerator and pantry storage—plus, a coat closet.
To improve the flow between their living and kitchen space, Tara and Brian’s contractor came up with an idea to move the refrigerator to a wall already outfitted with closets. Now the refrigerator fits right in with the cabinetry instead of jutting out in the main cooking space.
Casey and Kumar’s apartment is full of clever storage solutions to maximize their limited space. The kitchen is one such example thanks to creative built-ins, including the hidden refrigerator. Custom cabinetry covers the refrigerator along with a neighboring pantry, and the whole unit conceals a structural column.
Since they moved the kitchen from the back of the apartment to right in the entryway, Katherine and Chris wanted the appliances to blend in with the cabinetry. Their seamless kitchen features a hidden refrigerator, dishwasher, built-in pull out pantry, and a coat closet.
Looking to create a functional kitchen that was also beautiful enough to host dinner parties, Rachel and Marco planned on hiding as many of their appliances as possible. Their general contractor built two “appliance garages” to conceal the smaller ones while the fridge was encased in paneling that matches the surrounding cabinetry.
Less like appliances, more like furniture—that was Sally’s directive for her kitchen renovation. Her contractor built out a wall of cabinets hiding the refrigerator, a pantry, and narrow units designed to hold brooms and mops, too.
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