5. Fully Integrated Refrigerator and Freezer Column Units
What it is:
Fully integrated refrigerators can be completely concealed with cabinet-panel fronts. The hinge style, the lack of an exposed frame and a design that allows the door panel
to hide the compressor make this all possible.
Whereas all-refrigerator and all-freezer units have been around for some time in restaurants, fully integrated column-style units are relatively new on the residential market. They allow for more flexibility because they can be put together as a custom side-by-side combination or kept separate.
Even though these units ideally have cabinet panels to hide them completely, they also come in stainless steel. Typical widths are 18, 24, 30 and 36 inches; heights range from 80 to 84 inches. They are 24 to 25 inches deep.
When to use:
Choose this style if you are looking for the ultimate customization and flexibility, if you want to break up the location of your refrigerator or freezer, or if you want to make your refrigerator completely disappear. In this kitchen, the 30-inch refrigerator is the white panel door to the right of the ovens
, and the 24-inch freezer is the oak-paneled door in the foreground concealed as part of the pantry cabinetry.