How You Will Save Space With an Integrated Fridge
When you need to purchase a new refrigerator, you will save space with an integrated fridge, there will be plenty of additional room in the kitchen for meal preparation and other activities. Integrated means the appliance is incorporated into the cabinetry or walls in a manner that keeps it flush with counters or walls. There are no spaces on either side or above and the piece seems to just become part of the structure. Typically it is also finished in a manner that the doors coordinate with the finish on the cabinets or matches the wall color.
Though the appliance gives the appearance of blending with the rest of the kitchen, it can be accented with stylish door handles or hardware. It may also be accented with handles that coordinate with cabinets or other appliances in the space. In some kitchens, you may not be able to distinguish the refrigerator from other appliances or cabinets.
There are many different models available. There are side by side versions with french doors and a freezer compartment on the bottom. Capacities are similar to those of traditional models, so storage space is not lost in choosing a model that blends into the kitchen decor. Variations of this version include the freezer on one side and the cold storage on the other, like some current traditional models. They are also available in stainless steel, to match similarly finished appliances.
Other styles have a single door and freezer on the top. Much of the style depends upon where the appliance is located and the best access within the space from preparation areas. Costs for these appliances can vary greatly, depending on finish, size and features. Typically they start at around $2,000 for the most basic model. Some variations can cost up to $5,000 or more, depending on style and hardware.
Regardless of which style or version you choose, it will not look like the typical kitchen appliance. IT will more likely resemble a sleek, stylish piece of furniture or a large storage cabinet that is made with the cabinets or walls. It will no longer look like a large box or draw undue attention.