Refrigeration choices

clay-coxby Clay Cox
Owner/President • Kitchens by Clay

It was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a…what was that noise? I’ve found it and it’s our refrigerator and I believe it’s broken. We are going to have to buy a new one.” You are about to find out there are so many choices for a replacement that it is almost mindboggling. And the prices can range from under a $1,000 to over $15,000 and more. Let me try to explain.

The built-in style refrigerators are pretty much designed to line up with and blend in with the cabinetry. These will be among your more expensive choices. These are typically up to seven feet tall and require more space than any builder grade refrigerator that you may have inherited when you bought your home. These can be bought so that custom wood cabinet paneling can cover the fronts making them virtually disappear in your kitchen.

kitchensAnother popular choice is the “counter depth” refrigerator which is designed to fit closely with your cabinetry. The idea is that the case of the refrigerator is the same depth as your countertop with only the thickness of the door and handle sticking out into the walk way. This is an excellent choice for almost all situations especially smaller condo kitchens. This refrigerator style is the answer to all of those huge refrigerators most of us grew up with and the price point is much more attractive with the majority falling under the $3,000 range.

There are many other choices as well but these choices are meant to augment your kitchen refrigerator choice rather than replace it. There are under counter wine cooler refrigerators and beverage centers that will do a fine job of storing a lot of the liquids (sodas, beer) that are typically in the big unit. Refrigerator drawers are very useful in handling the overflow as well. And then there is everyone’s favorite… the inexpensive garage refrigerator.

We at Kitchens by Clay wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year in 2017. Please E-mail Clay with your questions or comments at Enjoy your remodel, Clay Cox

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