Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Open Counter Tops with Plenty of Space

What exactly is an Appliance Garage Cabinet?

It is a cabinet that extends down to your counter top. It is typically 18, 24, 27, even 30 inches wide if you have enough wall space. The average is 24 inches wide and 15 to 18" deep. Your mixer, toaster, blender, food processor, etc "park " in this great space when not in use. There can be roll up doors or two full overlay doors to close all of these tools away and out of view!

If your kitchen is large enough to include one of these, you will love the convenience of tucking all of the small appliances cluttering your current counter top. Oh, I would love one of these!

There are other "to the counter" cabinets that add design as well as function to both your kitchen and bath project. They may be a taller cabinet with one to three drawers resting on the counter. The cabinet above the drawers is a perfect application for a focal point in the room. It makes a great statement with a glass door. Then it is perfect as a display cabinet with a finished interior. Most people do not need the old fashioned China Cabinet in the Dining Room our mothers treasured. In fact displaying a full set of china dinnerware and matching serving dishes is rarely seen these days.
However, a 18, 24, or 27" to the counter cabinet is perfect to store those "special place settings " used occasionally. The drawers below can be accessorized with special dividers perfect for fine silver cutlery. Another possible space , though not as easily accessed for your Holiday finery is 12 to 15 " high cabinets stacked on top of the 30" to 36" wall cabinets you select. Yes, you will need a step stool to access the dishes. However if you like the drama of lighted cabinets , these are a good source of light for function as well as drama.  

What about the microwave? Maybe you prefer a separate unit rather than the Microwave Hood mounted over your cook top. If you want to get it off the counter top too, a Drawer Microwave tucks in with your base cabinets. They have soft close technology, just like the drawers to your cabinets. They are very easily accessed and perfect for use by kids.

Other cabinets that are very practical and also add a pop of design as an accessory are great places to tuck away cooking utensils, spices, medications, oils and even some smaller cleaning supplies. Often 3 to 6 inch fillers are necessary to help your base or wall cabinet runs fit mathematically. You can use just a filler. If you select that the space behind it has no function. You may want to have your designer add pull out fillers to creatively store items that will make the function in your space complete.

These hidden away jewels are also available as special decorative accessories. Called Pull Out Fillers or Posts they really make your kitchen "pop". Another 6" selection are spice drawers> I love these! If your taste is traditional , country, or rustic these very functional cubical looking drawers are wonderful. I love to place them next to a sink base to hold dish towels, supplements, or medications.
If next to a stove, they are perfect for cooking spatulas, spoons, knives, and whisks. Small items like Baking soda, baking powder, spices that get hidden behind larger food items fit in these drawers perfectly.

The pull outs are also available with two shelves. Next to the cooking center, stove are of your kitchen, they hold oils, spices, and  cooking utensils tucked into special buckets that fit in holes drilled into the top shelf. Other practical storage ideas are tray cabinets close to the oven/ baking area of your kitchen. You will probably find a minimum of  a 9 to 12 " cabinet is best to hold trays and baking sheets.

Are you salivating dreaming about all the wonderful ways of adding both beauty and functionality? We love to help you discover what works best for your life style. Come brainstorm with us.

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