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    Goomba Guest

    Default Kitchen Appliances and general redo

    We're re-doing the kitchen.
    My husband is concerned with framing in the refrigerator with cabinet
    panels, where now it just sits under those standard (under-utilized)
    narrow cabinets hung over the space.
    I'm seeking input from folks who have done this. Do you like or dislike
    it for any particular reason? Will it feel too closed in?

    We're also shopping for "cabinet depth" appliances. Any opinions on
    them? I'm undecided how much space I would lose in actual use?

    The storage space and special features in new cabinets are such fun to
    pick out! Our old cabinets were stick built on site and are incredibly
    sturdy and strong solid (SOLID!) wood everywhere. I hate to tear them
    down, but they truly have too much wasted space as well as being way too
    dated looking. I wish I had the patience and vision to re-use some of
    the old and mix in some of the new and have it come out as it needs to.
    I'm going to ask our local Habitat for Humanity resale shop if they have
    a market for them, assuming we can get them out easily? The doors alone,
    being solid wood should have some chance of re-use somehow, right?

  2. #2
    Robert Klute Guest

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    On Thu, 26 Jun 2008 16:35:50 -0400, Goomba <[email protected]> wrote:

    >We're re-doing the kitchen.
    >My husband is concerned with framing in the refrigerator with cabinet
    >panels, where now it just sits under those standard (under-utilized)
    >narrow cabinets hung over the space.
    >I'm seeking input from folks who have done this. Do you like or dislike
    >it for any particular reason? Will it feel too closed in?
    >
    >We're also shopping for "cabinet depth" appliances. Any opinions on
    >them? I'm undecided how much space I would lose in actual use?
    >

    I did it the other way around. On the wall where the refrigerator went
    I made the lower and full-height cabinets 30" deep so I could inset a
    standard unit. One advantage turned out I could put an appliance garage
    along that whole wall, flush with the upper cabinets, and still have 18"
    of counter space in front.

  3. #3
    Sheldon Guest

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    On Jun 26, 4:35�pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > We're re-doing the kitchen.
    > My husband is concerned with framing in the refrigerator with cabinet
    > panels, where now it just sits under those standard (under-utilized)
    > narrow cabinets hung over the space.
    > I'm seeking input from folks who have done this. Do you like or dislike
    > it for any particular reason? Will it feel too closed in?
    >
    > We're also shopping for "cabinet depth" appliances. Any opinions on
    > them? I'm undecided how much space I would lose in actual use?
    >
    > The storage space and special features in new cabinets are such fun to
    > pick out! Our old cabinets were stick built on site and are incredibly
    > sturdy and strong solid (SOLID!) wood everywhere. I hate to tear them
    > down, but they truly have too much wasted space as well as being way too
    > dated looking. I wish I had the patience and vision to re-use some of
    > the old and mix in some of the new and have it come out as it needs to.
    > I'm going to ask our local Habitat for Humanity resale shop if they have
    > a market for them, assuming we can get them out easily? The doors alone,
    > being solid wood should have some chance of re-use somehow, right?


    Your cabinets can easily be refinished, it would be a sin to destroy
    perfectly good all real wood custom built cabinetry... the crap they
    produce these days can't compare. And there are all sorts of internal
    organizers for cabinets these days to make them more accomodating (you
    can install them yourself). And, btw, just when you build custom
    cabinets to enclose an old fridge, that's when that fridge will die.
    A fridge needs a certain amount of clearance to operate properly too.
    There are many ways to give a kitchen a face lift without gutting and
    starting over; new counters, new sink, new flooring, new wall and
    ceiling treatments, and especially new lighting, and maybe a new
    window.

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    Goomba Guest

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    Robert Klute wrote:
    > On Thu, 26 Jun 2008 16:35:50 -0400, Goomba <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> We're re-doing the kitchen.
    >> My husband is concerned with framing in the refrigerator with cabinet
    >> panels, where now it just sits under those standard (under-utilized)
    >> narrow cabinets hung over the space.
    >> I'm seeking input from folks who have done this. Do you like or dislike
    >> it for any particular reason? Will it feel too closed in?
    >>
    >> We're also shopping for "cabinet depth" appliances. Any opinions on
    >> them? I'm undecided how much space I would lose in actual use?
    >>

    > I did it the other way around. On the wall where the refrigerator went
    > I made the lower and full-height cabinets 30" deep so I could inset a
    > standard unit. One advantage turned out I could put an appliance garage
    > along that whole wall, flush with the upper cabinets, and still have 18"
    > of counter space in front.


    Interesting!
    What did you use for your counters?

  5. #5
    Goomba Guest

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    Sheldon wrote:

    > Your cabinets can easily be refinished, it would be a sin to destroy
    > perfectly good all real wood custom built cabinetry...


    That's how I feel about it too, but do not have the vision, energy or
    desire to hobble it together. Whomever built these cupboards was
    brilliant at construction, but did a lousy job utilizing space. Lots of
    blind corners, wasted soffit area and other areas of wasted space.


    >the crap they produce these days can't compare.


    Yet they have features that were unheard of when these originals were
    built.

    > And there are all sorts of internal
    > organizers for cabinets these days to make them more accomodating (you
    > can install them yourself).


    The ones I've seen work, yet don't necessarily provide enough new
    storage for my needs. I have some already.

    And, btw, just when you build custom
    > cabinets to enclose an old fridge, that's when that fridge will die.
    > A fridge needs a certain amount of clearance to operate properly too.


    We were told 2 inches was all most manufacturers require. My husband
    prefers the entire side open, which also allows him to wiggle the fridge
    out and back easily.

    > There are many ways to give a kitchen a face lift without gutting and
    > starting over; new counters, new sink, new flooring, new wall and
    > ceiling treatments, and especially new lighting, and maybe a new
    > window.


    We need better lighting, the windows are fine (new!) I can't wait to
    have a single tall spigot that also turns into the sprayer, instead of
    the small annoying sprayer which is separate now. The only appliances we
    must replace now will be the range and adding a microwave with built in
    exhaust fan, to take the place of the counter top model. I've never
    owned one over the range before and hope I'll like it? I do not want to
    feel closed in over my range in any way.



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    Gloria P Guest

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    Goomba wrote:
    > We're re-doing the kitchen.
    > My husband is concerned with framing in the refrigerator with cabinet
    > panels, where now it just sits under those standard (under-utilized)
    > narrow cabinets hung over the space.
    > I'm seeking input from folks who have done this. Do you like or dislike
    > it for any particular reason? Will it feel too closed in?



    I'd be more worried about the motor overheating with no way to
    vent the heat if it were very closed-in.

    gloria p

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    Sheldon Guest

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    Goomba wrote:
    >
    > I can't wait to have a single tall spigot that also turns into the
    > sprayer, instead of the small annoying sprayer which is separate
    > now.


    Um, you're going to need a much younger husband. hehe


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    Billy Guest

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    On Thu, 26 Jun 2008 16:35:50 -0400, Goomba <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >We're also shopping for "cabinet depth" appliances. Any opinions on
    >them? I'm undecided how much space I would lose in actual use?


    You have to realize that "cabinet depth" appliances will reduce your
    storage. A standard refrigerator has depth, i.e. MORE space. But
    what you can do is set your regular appliances, (dramatically less
    expensive than cabinet depth), and have your cabinet man/person, set
    the cabinets in line with those appliances. I am guessing the ONLY
    cabinet depth appliance you are concerned with is refrigeration. The
    rest of kitchen appliances all fall in regular line.

    Next good bet....find the BEST kitchen desinger in your area. They
    can save you thousands in costs.

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    George Shirley Guest

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    Goomba wrote:
    > Sheldon wrote:
    >
    >> Your cabinets can easily be refinished, it would be a sin to destroy
    >> perfectly good all real wood custom built cabinetry...

    >
    > That's how I feel about it too, but do not have the vision, energy or
    > desire to hobble it together. Whomever built these cupboards was
    > brilliant at construction, but did a lousy job utilizing space. Lots of
    > blind corners, wasted soffit area and other areas of wasted space.
    >
    >
    >> the crap they produce these days can't compare.

    >
    > Yet they have features that were unheard of when these originals were
    > built.
    >
    >> And there are all sorts of internal
    >> organizers for cabinets these days to make them more accomodating (you
    >> can install them yourself).

    >
    > The ones I've seen work, yet don't necessarily provide enough new
    > storage for my needs. I have some already.
    >
    > And, btw, just when you build custom
    >> cabinets to enclose an old fridge, that's when that fridge will die.
    >> A fridge needs a certain amount of clearance to operate properly too.

    >
    > We were told 2 inches was all most manufacturers require. My husband
    > prefers the entire side open, which also allows him to wiggle the fridge
    > out and back easily.
    >
    >> There are many ways to give a kitchen a face lift without gutting and
    >> starting over; new counters, new sink, new flooring, new wall and
    >> ceiling treatments, and especially new lighting, and maybe a new
    >> window.

    >
    > We need better lighting, the windows are fine (new!) I can't wait to
    > have a single tall spigot that also turns into the sprayer, instead of
    > the small annoying sprayer which is separate now. The only appliances we
    > must replace now will be the range and adding a microwave with built in
    > exhaust fan, to take the place of the counter top model. I've never
    > owned one over the range before and hope I'll like it? I do not want to
    > feel closed in over my range in any way.
    >
    >

    Unless you live in a cold climate don't get a range hood/exhaust fan
    that exhausts back into the kitchen. They can warm up a kitchen by
    several degrees. On our remodel I went for a hood and vented it up and
    out through the roof. Also dispense kitchen/cooking odors more effectively.

  10. #10
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Thu 26 Jun 2008 02:53:28p, George Shirley told us...

    > Goomba wrote:
    >> Sheldon wrote:
    >>
    >>> Your cabinets can easily be refinished, it would be a sin to destroy
    >>> perfectly good all real wood custom built cabinetry...

    >>
    >> That's how I feel about it too, but do not have the vision, energy or
    >> desire to hobble it together. Whomever built these cupboards was
    >> brilliant at construction, but did a lousy job utilizing space. Lots of
    >> blind corners, wasted soffit area and other areas of wasted space.
    >>
    >>
    >>> the crap they produce these days can't compare.

    >>
    >> Yet they have features that were unheard of when these originals were
    >> built.
    >>
    >>> And there are all sorts of internal
    >>> organizers for cabinets these days to make them more accomodating (you
    >>> can install them yourself).

    >>
    >> The ones I've seen work, yet don't necessarily provide enough new
    >> storage for my needs. I have some already.
    >>
    >> And, btw, just when you build custom
    >>> cabinets to enclose an old fridge, that's when that fridge will die.
    >>> A fridge needs a certain amount of clearance to operate properly too.

    >>
    >> We were told 2 inches was all most manufacturers require. My husband
    >> prefers the entire side open, which also allows him to wiggle the fridge
    >> out and back easily.
    >>
    >>> There are many ways to give a kitchen a face lift without gutting and
    >>> starting over; new counters, new sink, new flooring, new wall and
    >>> ceiling treatments, and especially new lighting, and maybe a new

    window.
    >>
    >> We need better lighting, the windows are fine (new!) I can't wait to
    >> have a single tall spigot that also turns into the sprayer, instead of
    >> the small annoying sprayer which is separate now. The only appliances we
    >> must replace now will be the range and adding a microwave with built in
    >> exhaust fan, to take the place of the counter top model. I've never
    >> owned one over the range before and hope I'll like it? I do not want to
    >> feel closed in over my range in any way.
    >>
    >>

    > Unless you live in a cold climate don't get a range hood/exhaust fan
    > that exhausts back into the kitchen. They can warm up a kitchen by
    > several degrees. On our remodel I went for a hood and vented it up and
    > out through the roof. Also dispense kitchen/cooking odors more

    effectively.
    >


    Our over the range microwave/exhaust fan exhausts to the outside. Most
    models are capable of being vented either way, as recirculating our outside
    vent/.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    -------------------------------------------
    Thursday, 06(VI)/26(XXVI)/08(MMVIII)
    -------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------
    When the going gets weird, the weird
    turn pro.
    -------------------------------------------




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    Goomba Guest

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    George Shirley wrote:

    > Unless you live in a cold climate don't get a range hood/exhaust fan
    > that exhausts back into the kitchen. They can warm up a kitchen by
    > several degrees. On our remodel I went for a hood and vented it up and
    > out through the roof. Also dispense kitchen/cooking odors more effectively.


    Our current vent exhausts to the outside, so we'll just reuse that same
    stack I believe?
    I would never waste my time just recirculating the air back into the
    kitchen. Ugh.

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    Nancy Young Guest

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    Goomba wrote:
    > We're re-doing the kitchen.


    For what it's worth, in today's mail I got Consumer Reports.
    Your Dream Kitchen for Less. Might be worth a look.

    nancy

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    Nancy Young Guest

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    Goomba wrote:

    > the small annoying sprayer which is separate now. The only appliances
    > we must replace now will be the range and adding a microwave with
    > built in exhaust fan, to take the place of the counter top model.
    > I've never owned one over the range before and hope I'll like it? I
    > do not want to feel closed in over my range in any way.


    It's not a closed in feeling, but they don't make for very good
    vents, either. It's worth it to me because I don't have another
    place I want the microwave to go, but you might feel differently.

    nancy

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    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    Goomba <[email protected]> news:[email protected]:
    in rec.food.cooking

    > We're re-doing the kitchen.


    Have at it. We're almost winding down the kitchen and then they'll start
    converting the formal living room into a great room.

    > My husband is concerned with framing in the refrigerator with cabinet
    > panels, where now it just sits under those standard (under-utilized)
    > narrow cabinets hung over the space.


    We took the narrow,standard cabinets about out altogether. Our kitchen
    is too narrow for the appliance cabinet panels. It would have closed in
    the area too much although we did discuss it. We have a long galley
    kitchen with a big square eating area at the end.

    > I'm seeking input from folks who have done this. Do you like or dislike
    > it for any particular reason? Will it feel too closed in?
    > I'm undecided how much space I would lose in actual use?


    My brother has a big square kitchen with a separate breakfast area. His
    appliances are all built into cabinets and they love it.

    Since we bought a range last year to replace our old stove top we had 2
    ovens. The range and a wall oven. The wall oven was replaced with a
    smallish pantry cabinet with a pull out spice rack. I l love it.

    >
    > The storage space and special features in new cabinets are such fun to
    > pick out! Our old cabinets were stick built on site and are incredibly
    > sturdy and strong solid (SOLID!) wood everywhere. I hate to tear them
    > down, but they truly have too much wasted space as well as being way

    too
    > dated looking. I wish I had the patience and vision to re-use some of
    > the old and mix in some of the new and have it come out as it needs to.
    > I'm going to ask our local Habitat for Humanity resale shop if they

    have
    > a market for them, assuming we can get them out easily? The doors

    alone,
    > being solid wood should have some chance of re-use somehow, right?


    I think they will be of use for something, to someone. I'll send you some
    pics of what we've done so far. It's almost finished. It was supposed to
    be finished a few days ago but as usual we hit some snags. We pretty much
    gutted our kitchen and started over. Good luck with the project. Our
    biggest snag so far has been plumbing and electrical.

    Michael



    --
    ""There is no federal agency which oversees levees. That doesn't exist."
    ~~BUTCH KINERNEY, a spokesman for FEMA.

    To email - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    Robert Klute Guest

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    On Thu, 26 Jun 2008 17:05:01 -0400, Goomba <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Robert Klute wrote:
    >> I did it the other way around. On the wall where the refrigerator went
    >> I made the lower and full-height cabinets 30" deep so I could inset a
    >> standard unit. One advantage turned out I could put an appliance garage
    >> along that whole wall, flush with the upper cabinets, and still have 18"
    >> of counter space in front.

    >
    >Interesting!
    >What did you use for your counters?


    Granite slab. There are lots of wholesalers and independent finishers
    clustered around them in my area, so it wasn't 'that' expensive.
    However, any surface is workable, even standard 24" goods, as any seam
    would be right under the garage doors and not noticeable.


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    MareCat Guest

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    "Goomba" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > We're re-doing the kitchen.


    We're about to begin a 3-week kitchen renovation/remodeling project (start
    date is a week from Monday) that will involve knocking down two walls and
    installing new cabinets, countertops, backsplash, island, sink, lighting,
    and flooring. Our kitchen is in desperate need of updating, so we're really
    looking forward to the end result. (Note to self: remember to take "before"
    pics next week...) The contractor we're using is top-rated and comes *very*
    highly-recommended.

    Good luck with your project!

    Mary



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    sf Guest

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    On Thu, 26 Jun 2008 14:03:06 -0700 (PDT), Sheldon <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Jun 26, 4:35?pm, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    >> We're re-doing the kitchen.
    >> My husband is concerned with framing in the refrigerator with cabinet
    >> panels, where now it just sits under those standard (under-utilized)
    >> narrow cabinets hung over the space.
    >> I'm seeking input from folks who have done this. Do you like or dislike
    >> it for any particular reason? Will it feel too closed in?
    >>
    >> We're also shopping for "cabinet depth" appliances. Any opinions on
    >> them? I'm undecided how much space I would lose in actual use?
    >>

    I think they are wonderful because I want to see everything I have in
    the refrigerator without moving layers to see the back of the shelf.

    >> The storage space and special features in new cabinets are such fun to
    >> pick out! Our old cabinets were stick built on site and are incredibly
    >> sturdy and strong solid (SOLID!) wood everywhere. I hate to tear them
    >> down, but they truly have too much wasted space as well as being way too
    >> dated looking. I wish I had the patience and vision to re-use some of
    >> the old and mix in some of the new and have it come out as it needs to.
    >> I'm going to ask our local Habitat for Humanity resale shop if they have
    >> a market for them, assuming we can get them out easily? The doors alone,
    >> being solid wood should have some chance of re-use somehow, right?

    >
    >Your cabinets can easily be refinished, it would be a sin to destroy
    >perfectly good all real wood custom built cabinetry... the crap they
    >produce these days can't compare. And there are all sorts of internal
    >organizers for cabinets these days to make them more accomodating (you
    >can install them yourself). And, btw, just when you build custom
    >cabinets to enclose an old fridge, that's when that fridge will die.
    >A fridge needs a certain amount of clearance to operate properly too.
    >There are many ways to give a kitchen a face lift without gutting and
    >starting over; new counters, new sink, new flooring, new wall and
    >ceiling treatments, and especially new lighting, and maybe a new
    >window.


    I have to agree. There are companies that can come in a rehabilitate
    old cabinets. It's a shame to throw them out. I have custom cabinets
    too and I'm going to the HGTV thing, plus calling in a cabinet company
    to do an interior make over. This is just a compromise. What I want
    is a complete redo where work areas are redesigned and switched. We
    don't belong to that economic strata - this is an expensive area where
    the building code is strictly enforced and you have to get permits for
    every little thing, so it's not going to happen.

    OTOH: My kids made crap cabinets in crappy kitchens look wonderful.
    They also painted the walls and put in new appliances, lighting and
    countertops - the floors come next.

    IMO: A cabinet makeover really does wonders. All it takes is a little
    paint. Goomba doesn't even have to begin with crappy cabinets.

    AFAIC: If people don't plan on changing the basic layout, they need
    to think about working creatively with what they have.


    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

  18. #18
    news.albasani.net Guest

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    In our last kitchen the frig was framed in. I loved it. It was a side by
    side and was easy to get in both sides.

    "Goomba" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > We're re-doing the kitchen.
    > My husband is concerned with framing in the refrigerator with cabinet
    > panels, where now it just sits under those standard (under-utilized)
    > narrow cabinets hung over the space.
    > I'm seeking input from folks who have done this. Do you like or dislike it
    > for any particular reason? Will it feel too closed in?
    >
    > We're also shopping for "cabinet depth" appliances. Any opinions on them?
    > I'm undecided how much space I would lose in actual use?
    >
    > The storage space and special features in new cabinets are such fun to
    > pick out! Our old cabinets were stick built on site and are incredibly
    > sturdy and strong solid (SOLID!) wood everywhere. I hate to tear them
    > down, but they truly have too much wasted space as well as being way too
    > dated looking. I wish I had the patience and vision to re-use some of the
    > old and mix in some of the new and have it come out as it needs to. I'm
    > going to ask our local Habitat for Humanity resale shop if they have a
    > market for them, assuming we can get them out easily? The doors alone,
    > being solid wood should have some chance of re-use somehow, right?



  19. #19
    Giusi Guest

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    "Goomba" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    news:[email protected]..
    > We're re-doing the kitchen.
    > My husband is concerned with framing in the refrigerator with cabinet
    > panels, where now it just sits under those standard (under-utilized)
    > narrow cabinets hung over the space.
    > I'm seeking input from folks who have done this. Do you like or dislike it
    > for any particular reason? Will it feel too closed in?


    Weigh this opinion with the info that refrigerators here are 24" wide and
    24" deep. What I would give for a deeper fridge! Party platter? You joke!
    Even a large bird can be a problem, because yes, you can probably get it in
    there, but what to do with all the displaced items? And remember that door
    shelves intrude into that space, too.

    I have never minded a nice sturdy fridge that looks like a frisge, but
    during my design career used a lot of the dressed ones. There are people to
    whom an undressed appliance is like having a toilet in the kitchen.

    What I am really liking right now are the Thirties and Fifties looking
    fridges that are all 21st century inside. I get fridge lust when I see
    them.



  20. #20
    jmcquown Guest

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    Gloria P wrote:
    > Goomba wrote:
    >> We're re-doing the kitchen.
    >> My husband is concerned with framing in the refrigerator with cabinet
    >> panels, where now it just sits under those standard (under-utilized)
    >> narrow cabinets hung over the space.
    >> I'm seeking input from folks who have done this. Do you like or
    >> dislike it for any particular reason? Will it feel too closed in?

    >
    >
    > I'd be more worried about the motor overheating with no way to
    > vent the heat if it were very closed-in.
    >
    > gloria p



    Not to mention, how easy will it be to pull out from the enclosed space if
    necessary?

    Jill


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