Part Four: Appliances
Following our countertop, cabinets, and backsplashes blogs, we know that kitchen appliances alone do not make a kitchen. HOWEVER, they are the most important aspect of your kitchen space. After all, the kitchen’s primary function is to prepare and cook meals.
With that being said, you want to pick appliances that remains within your needs and within your taste. Here is a good look at the variety of modern day appliances to consider when doing your next kitchen remodel.
Cooktops vs. Range
Cooktops and Full Range are the two most general cooking services to have in your kitchen. A cooktop is based more on the surface. Like the one above it has a set of cabinets underneath with a surface oven on top, where as the range oven is a whole set in itself, aside from the cabinetry. Ranges work well for kitchens that aren’t fitting for double ovens and/or if double ovens are out of your budget.
Both styles are very modern and are used in various settings depending on your kitchen layout and how you like to cook. Whether to pick one or the other is completely up to your taste in which is more fitting for your kitchen!
Vant-a-hoods come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and power. Depending on whether you have a gas or electric stove will dictate the amount of power needed for venting. Gas stoves typically needs a higher CFM rating over electric. Most modern vent-a-hoods come with lighting and washable filters.
For your refrigerator needs, some people like the cabinetry look (left) called the fully- integrated fridge that is completely concealed with cabinet-panel fronts. You have lack of the exposed frame, and it best fits for those who like the look of hiding their refrigerator and blending it into the rest of the kitchen’s design.
The picture on the right is a counter-depth refrigertaor where the frige sticks out to the length of your countertops, but still looks and fits just as if it were built into the cabinetry. For those with tighter kitchen spaces, this style would be a great fit for your kitchen.
The fridge above, is your full-depth, standord refrigerator where you will see about 3-4 inches of the side of the fridge. This is definitely your cheaper route, but it requires just a little more space than the others.
When picking your fridge, you have options of a pull out freezers like shown above, which are called built in refrigerators, with bottom freezer and many many more. For those that like the standard two-door fridges, don’t worry, you can have your standard fridge built into any of these three styles!
These warming and cooling drawers are becoming more and more popular in kitchen designs today. For any spaceous kitchen with a built-in island would be fitting for something extra like these heating and cooling drawers. For families with lots of food to prepare, these would come very handy in keeping food warm during the busy dinner times, or even for families that like to entertain.
Built-in Ice Maker
There are two types of ice-makers. 1) with a Pump and 2) a Gravity feed with no pump. There are various types of ice, but the most popular is the “Sonic” ice, also being the most expensive. Like refrigerators, ice-makers come in various looks such as stainless steal, or built-in with cabinet doors to match your cabinet, like the one above.
Dishwashers come in a variety of different styles and sizes. For those that like to camouflage your appliances into your cabinetry, you can! The newest addition are the two separate drawers, shown above. The two-drawer washers are fit for smaller dish loads, so you are not wasting the extra water and energy you could be saving. Which washer is most suitable for you?!
We at Heritage Builders hope we have given you a better look into the newest kitchen appliances available for you in your new kitchen remodel. We would be happy to assist you in your next remodel!