My kitchen's 100 square feet of dinkiness. And the refrigerator, oven, and microwave conspire to hog a bunch of that space. So I went against common practice on the rebuild and shrunk down the appliances. They're all 3/4 size. Only two of us in the house, so smaller machines aren't an issue. A realtor would tsk and tell me: "Beard, you should go full-size, will make your house more marketable when you sell it." Bull crap, I'll design it around my needs. I don't go with the flow of limiting options to please a future buyer.
Took weeks of searching to find a counter-depth fridge that fit the hole. The trend is larger appliances with more doodads. I was hunting for the opposite, no need for a water dispenser, ice maker or built-in LCD touch panel. The water dispensed from most fridges takes forever to fill and tastes like it drained out of a dead monkey's colon.
Crossed out a couple dozen cold-boxes before eyeing (or eying, your choice) a small Fisher & Pakel. Simple, and slots the space nicely:
Clean and nothing junking up the front:
Donated the electric range and dropped in a small gas cooker. I traced pipes in the basement and found a gas line already in place from when the house was built in the '50s. So it was simple for a plumber to attach fittings and bring back the blue heat. I like working with flame; higher horsepower and more control than an eCoil. Pots of water boil in minutes and butter screams on iron skillets in half the time.
Steel hood with duel charcoal filters and a big ass blower sucks oily steam and smoke. IKEA knife rail and rack keep cooking weapons on standby.
Preshrunk micro and oven built into a highboy, with storage top and bottom for woks and kettles. Always grin when people ask why I have duel ovens. One nukes, the other cooks with convection.
I've been using the smaller appliances for a few months now. Can't say I miss the full-size cookers, and prefer the extra counter space they afford.
The final Kitchen Reboot post next time will run through a few before/after pics, with closing thoughts on the build.