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4 Appliance Pro Tips for Your Custom Kitchen

by Waverly Wilde

Life is too short to settle for a cooking space that isn’t the kitchen of your dreams. From the way you cook to the aesthetic of the room, your kitchen should inspire you to create or expand your culinary skills. If your kitchen doesn’t fit in with your style, you may find it hard to get excited while prepping a meal, but when your kitchen has everything you want in it, it’s a bit easier to get motivated. And with the right appliances, any kitchen can go from plain to bold almost instantly. 

Many of today’s appliances are designed to be the focus of your kitchen so that every guest’s head turns and jaw drops when they enter. But appliances are an investment and designing a custom kitchen takes careful planning and coordination. Fortunately, when you have seasoned contractors and trained professionals—like our team at Grand—your dream eatery isn’t too fictitious at all. Whether it’s a design aesthetic, performance features, or a mixture of both, here are some tips from our experts to get your creative juices flowing.

Involve the Plumber and Electrician Early 

Before getting too invested in an appliance, it’s important to make sure you have the proper outlets and technical setup first. Many premium appliances have unique electrical or plumbing needs, such as this Miele PureLine wall oven (DGC68001XLSS), which can be plumbed to your home water source for easier use and cleaning. If you are unsure about an appliance or a custom project in your kitchen, our experts at Grand are always available to help prevent issues so that you don’t get surprised with additional work and expenses.

Get High-Performance Cooking AND a Seamless Design 

When you think of professional cooking, you may imagine bulky appliances with an industrial look, but pro designs these days don’t all fit into that stereotypical box. In fact, many can be built-in to look flush with your cabinetry, such as the Wolf Contemporary series flush-mounted gas cooktops.

Most gas cooktops sit on top of the countertop with raised burners and grates, but contemporary-series burners are set beneath the counter top to allow for a flush cooking surface. Plus, the control knobs mount to the cabinet front below the unit for an even more integrated look and feel. So. if you’re looking for beauty and power in your appliances, our high-end units won’t let you down.

 Get Creative with Your Refrigeration 

Whether you always have a smart device on you or you’re just ready for the next in - Whether it’s custom panels for a hidden install or unique applications for form and function, custom refrigeration can play a huge part in achieving your design aesthetic. Column refrigerators, for example, are the most seamless solution. Many can be installed flush with standard 24-inch deep cabinets or be completely hidden when combined with custom wood panel fronts. Not only can this custom built-in refrigerator solution meet your specific aesthetic needs, it can also meet your food storage needs.  novative and technologically-savvy feature, these controls will not disappoint.

Many brands even go beyond standard fridge-freezer options to offer specialty columns, including those designed for wine and other beverages. Some high-end brands including Sub-Zero, Jenn-Air, and Thermador are all available in various sizes and configurations to ensure your kitchen is both unique to your style and functional to your needs. 

Another way to get creative in your kitchen is with refrigerator drawers. Most built-in refrigerators are shallower and have smaller capacity than freestanding full-size alternatives. That’s why refrigerator or freezer drawers are ideal for additional storage capacity—because they can be discreetly installed under a counter in the kitchen as space allows.

If you find yourself needing the extra space for groceries and other refrigerated items, we highly recommend a Thermador refrigerator/freezer drawer combo (T24UC900DP). Not only will you get extra storage, but you’ll also have ready-access to fresh food during food prep.

Consider a Microwave Drawer 

Microwaves take up a lot of space, but sometimes, there just isn’t the space on the countertop or over the range to place one. That’s why microwave drawers are great for discreetly hiding your appliance while still giving you all the same benefits. Some of those benefits include the ergonomic upward facing controls and easy accessibility for kids to reach and control the microwave. A great option is this JennAir microwave (JMDFS30HL) with Flush Install feature and zero-handle front to provide that sleek, seamless look. It may be just a microwave, but when it comes to your dream kitchen, you can be just as extravagant as you want. 

The kitchen is the heart of your home, so taking the time and effort to make it feel like that can truly change the dynamic in your cooking space. It’s our goal to answer your questions and help you find the right appliances during this custom project so that you’re one step closer to cooking and eating like a pro. Give us a call or stop by our nearest location to you to get started on your dream kitchen.