Freestanding VS Built-In Appliances Best for a Kitchen Remodel

Choosing Between Freestanding or Built-in Appliances for a Remodel

Today’s sleek and stylish kitchens often utilize built-in appliances. This style of an appliance is part of the permanent construction of the kitchen and creates a seamless look within the cabinetry. Built-in appliances are not only aesthetically pleasing; they add value to a home. At Joseph & Berry, we find they are a popular choice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and our professional design team has used them frequently in creating both modern and traditional designs. Here are some things to consider when shopping for built-in appliances.

Full granite backsplash in this modern kitchen remodeling by Joseph & Berry

What makes it a built-in appliance?

For many years, free-standing appliances were the common choice for home kitchens. These appliances are entirely transportable and interchangeable, making it easy for homeowners to move them to a new area, as they are not attached or are superficially attached to the end of a counter or on its own, like a stand-alone refrigerator.

Slide-in appliances are commonly found today. A space for a range or refrigerator is built into the cabinetry, and the appliance slides in. This allows for more of the transportability of a freestanding appliance with a look more in line with a built-in.

Built-in appliances are fixed into place. A wall oven, microwave above the range, or stovetop installed into a countertop are all built-ins. More recently, building refrigerators and other appliances into the cabinetry have increased in popularity.

Best uses for built-in appliances

Dishwashers, ranges, and ovens should always be built-ins for a simple and consistent kitchen design. Microwaves are also a good choice because it frees up valuable counter space. Smaller appliances not traditionally built-in can also keep a kitchen looking neat and tidy if properly installed within the design. Here are some recent trends that Joseph & Berry designers have seen in recent kitchen remodels.

Coffee makers are a must for most households and also take up counter space. For those looking for as sleek a kitchen as possible, a built-in coffee maker, or coffee maker/espresso machine combo, might be a good choice. For the serious home chef, having a blender/food processor unit installed into the countertop is a convenient tool. Pitchers and containers can be attached to the blending mechanism for quick prep and fewer machines in your cabinets.

The microwave is moving from above the range to below the countertop. Some homeowners are opting for a microwave built in below the counter or within a drawer that slides out for use and then returns out of site. Another quick cooking tool is the warming drawer. The size of a standard drawer, this below the counter tool can keep food warm while your guests arrive, or while waiting for teens to get home from after-school activities.

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Look for the microwave drawer! Can’t see it? Means we did a good job! 🙂

Before you go all built-in appliances

Before you decide on a kitchen full of built-in appliances, here are a few things to consider. Free-standing and slide-in appliances are often more affordable and are easy to move in the event of a repair. Typically, they are found in standard sizes and can be easily replaced if you decide down the road for a different style.

There are significant benefits to the built-in appliance. They are fully integrated into the kitchen, giving homeowners a dream look. They are also more customizable, coming in a wide range of sizes, depths, and colors. We’ve also seen that built-in appliances last longer than free-standing options.

If you have questions about built-in appliances, please contact us. Joseph & Berry is one of the few custom remodelers specializing in high-end construction.  Every project has project manager on-site and our designers are always available to discuss your custom options.

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