How does a kitchen look with Andy Warhol’s neon cow but no full-size refrigerator? The answer is: just great!
Under-counter fridge/freezer drawers can replace a conventional refrigerator for many reasons. A large fridge might not be needed, which is the case in this kitchen (formerly a rental apartment). The owners, a high-end furniture restorer and his companion, have no family meals to prepare. With space and light at a premium on the ground floor of a 1864 French Empire house with a side yard, the choice was made to tuck a pair of refrigerator/freezer drawers under stainless steel counters (by Galesi design) to the right of the main sink. That strategy allowed them to preserve natural light with twin doors out to the garden in back as well as two large windows on the side of the building – ground floor rooms in town houses are notoriously dark. Unbroken wall space in the long, narrow room is occupied by a vintage Wolf range plus a small storage cabinet alongside.
As a DIY project, the owners also opted to leave plumbing pipes exposed and paint the open joist beams in Benjamin Moore’s white Dulamel (water-based enamel). Light fixtures are from Progress Lighting, the cork floor by EnviroChoice (from iFloor.com) and the Summit refrigerator/freezer drawers from our awesomely knowledgeable pal Mitchell Weissberg of Krups Kitchen and Bath in NYC, who gave us expert advise on Top Kitchen Faucets several years ago.