Flashback: Fridge Function

When you’re remodeling or building a home, it’s easy to get caught up in the “pretties” – picking out glass tile, choosing pendant lights, and selecting hardwood stain colors.  And believe me, that stuff’s fun.  And rewarding.

But do you know what’s even more rewarding?  Being able to open your fridge.

{ This picture was taken before the renovation was completed. }

Sounds crazy, but that’s a little luxury that we almost overlooked when we remodeled our kitchen {and the rest of our house} back in the fall of 2008.

You see, the original design of our kitchen from 1968 had the fridge on the right side of the kitchen:

In 1968 that wasn’t a problem since all of the fridges back then had full-size doors hinged on the right-hand side which opened wide enough to clear the wall on the right side of the kitchen.

Fast-forward to 2008 and most fridges are split-design, with the freezer on the left and the fridge on the right.  Because of that, the narrower fridge door would hit the wall and we wouldn’t be able to open the fridge door all the way – yikes!

Luckily we figured this out before we finalized the design plan for the kitchen {thank goodness!}.  We ran to Sears and measured the doors of every split-design fridge and came to the conclusion that we would be able to use our fridge as it was intended if we simply relocated it to the left side of the kitchen.  Whew, problem solved!

Moral of the story: think about form AND function when you’re designing a room in your house.  I’m glad we did, or else we’d be eating take out forever!  {Which actually might not have been too bad . . . }  Have you had any close-calls like that with your home?

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  1. OK, I’ll admit. I am NEVER function over fashion. And I will also admit that I would have NEVER thought of the fridge doors (because of the previous statement) for two reasons:

    1. I rarely plan anything. I am a “fly by the seat of my pants” kinda girl. Which ultimately drives my husband crazy.

    2. I’ll say “But I have a vision..” which means “I can see it in my head, but unfortunately you can’t see it, too bad, just trust me.” Which then leads to “Oh crap! I didn’t even realize the door would hit the wall!” as I am putting the finishing touches on the kitchen.

    Be glad you don’t think like me! However, I am *so* glad you thought of it, because it looks wonderful.

  2. christy says:

    Ahhhh now I get Averill’s comment on your other post! Too funny!

    Eating takeout forever sounds good right about now – then I’d never have to cook!

    You’re so lucky you discovered this BEFORE it was finished! Whew!!!
    .-= christy´s last blog post ..I wish I could eat cake, but since I can’t, I guess I’ll let them! =-.