How does a kitchen look with Andy Warhol’s cow but no full-size refrigerator? The answer: just great!
Under-counter fridge/freezer drawers can replace a conventional refrigerator in certain kitchen situations. A large fridge might not be needed, or there may not be enough space on an unbroken wall. In the case in this kitchen (formerly a rental apartment) it is likely both. The owners, a high-end furniture restorer and his companion, have no family meals to prepare. Space and light at a premium on the ground floor of their 1864 French Empire house in New York City, which has a side yard. This strategy allowed the preservation of maximum natural light from the garden in back of the house as well as through two large windows on the side of the building. Ground floor rooms in town houses are notoriously dark.
Once the choice of under counter refrigeration was made, a pair of Summit refrigerator/freezer drawers were tucked under stainless steel counters to the right of the main sink. The placement is handy with a counter above and additional setting down space on the island a few steps away. The only unbroken wall in the long, narrow room was dedicated to a vintage Wolf range and 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.
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