Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

High-tech cabinetry: the hottest built-in appliances

by Karl Fendelander
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Refacing your cabinets changes the whole look of your kitchen -- almost. Appliances can make quite an impression, too, whether they're complementing your color scheme brilliantly or sticking out like pink paper plates at a fancy dinner party. Getting appliances that match your newly refaced kitchen's look and feel is fairly common, but going the extra mile with built-in, hidden appliances is an over-the-top statement of class. After all, why would you break up that beautiful wood grain when you can just add in high-tech, highly functional cabinets and drawers?

Here are some of the coolest, classiest built-in appliances you can find on the market today:

  • Undercounter refrigerators. Built-in refrigerators have been around for years, but the newest models fit right under your counters, allowing you to sneak them in pretty much anywhere -- even on an island. The smaller, cabinet versions are just flashy mini-fridges. It's the new drawer models that are hot items here. Some of the largest ones on the market today can replace even the largest looming upright refrigerator without blinking an eye -- and the coolest part? They're drawers, so you can browse in one without letting any of the others heat up. Ditch the traditional fridge, and free up room for a nice tall pantry.
  • Microwave drawers. Yes, that's right: microwave drawers. These nifty little numbers hide almost anywhere, and while the buttons do tend to make them less than totally hidden, several models can be refaced right along with your cabinets. With one of these tucked under your counter, no one will know that you had to zap the gravy before it hit the table (although they might wonder what possessed you to put it in a drawer before serving). Get that unsightly food-zapper off your counter and open up valuable space.
  • Dishwasher drawers. Available in full-size units that blend better than your typical dishwasher or smaller, single-drawer units that save space and fit almost anywhere, dishwasher drawers are amazingly convenient -- and they make you appear to be some sort of hand-washer extraordinaire. The height of the units can be problematic for large platters, but beyond that, these integrated, camouflaged, dish-washing drawers are just the ticket for classing things up in your kitchen.

Talk to a bonded, licensed and insured* contractor about making these appliances match your newly refaced cabinets seamlessly for a jaw-droppingly cool kitchen experience today.

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