Built in Appliances

built in appliances

Built in Appliance Services

The fact that they blend in with any home d├ęcor makes them very popular features since they also add convenience and value to the house. However, many think they own “built-ins” when they don’t. Often people misuse this word, thinking they own permanently fixed equipment when they really own fitted appliances.

Built-in Appliance Design

The term built-in appliance is often thrown around, loosely applying itself to any machine that’s fitted into preexisting countertops and cabinetry. There’s nothing wrong with this definition per se, but to get at the crux of built-in appliance design, there are small distinctions you should be aware of. When it comes to maneuverability, most appliances are available in a number of built-in designs.

Portable: Often referred to as freestanding, these machines are completely transportable, making them easy to position in a variety of ways. For instance, dishwashers and ranges that stand at the end of a counter system are entirely unattached to the actual construction.
Slide-in: This is the misnomer. Though you may have a range or refrigerator seemingly built into the kitchen, it’s probably a portable unit that’s simply slid into a preexisting nook. It seems permanent, but it’s actually transportable, offering the best of both worlds: the look of stability without the commitment.
Built-in Construction: Units are literally fixed into place, such as a wall-oven or stovetops installed into the actual countertops (sometimes these stovetops take on the look of a large open grill surface, maximizing space and efficiency while cooking).

Built-in Appliance Installation

There are some devices, such as dishwashers and ranges, which should always be built into a kitchen: they look sharper and are simpler to use. Microwaves, for example, have become a common built-in appliance installation. By building the microwave into the cabinetry you’re no longer resting it upon the counter and taking up valuable space. However, some newer innovations are hidden washing machines. You can always throw these in the closet or a separate room, but what if they were fitted below a countertop to create more usable area? Or what if they were installed inside a cabinetry system where they could be concealed with the swing of a door? Fridges are also being built into kitchens in order to optimize space, creating cabinets above and below, while smaller units could simply be slipped into a cabinet.