Mr. Athena and I are contemplating a kitchen remodel. One of the primary motivators is that the spot for the fridge in our current kitchen is tiny, and I want a larger fridge.
Mr. Athena is of the opinion that the current crop of fridges stick out too far from the countertops, and look ugly. Fine, there’s a type of fridge called a counter-depth fridge, we’ll get one of those. So I start looking.
WTH? Counter-depth fridges are TINY. As in, 22-23 square feet. Smaller than my current fridge. Fail.
We start thinking of options. One option would be to get a deeper fridge, and offset it into the wall. However, that would be a pretty major remodel, we’d almost certainly have to also remodel the guest bathroom that’s adjacent to the kitchen in order to get the space for the offset. We’re prefer not to do that.
We were surfing around last night, and came up with an alternative that is a bit out-of-the box, but it sounds pretty good to us. We don’t really need a lot of FREEZER space - we have a full size freezer in the garage, and that works fine for us. In the kitchen itself, we need a freezer for ice, chilling beer/cocktail glasses, and the occasional bag of frozen peas or whatever. The main freezer has and will continue to be in the garage.
So why not get a fridge WITHOUT a freezer, like one of these sweet commercial types? I’ve seen many models that are not overly deep, yet they pack a lot of fridge space considering you don’t lose any to a freezer. Along with the full fridge, we’d get a small under-counter freezer, like one of these.
They don’t HAVE to be the commercial types, those are just the ones I found first. Whatever we pick, it would look nice albeit more on the “serious kitchen” design motif.
I figure that once the time comes to sell the house, if the new owners wanted a standard fridge w/freezer, they could easily buy one to fit in the spot where our fridge-only space is. For what it’s worth, we don’t plan on selling anytime soon.
So what do you say? Stupid idea? Brilliant?