A kitchen remodel is an upgrade that can add lasting value to a home. Many homeowners are throwing everything they can afford into these projects. Take for instance the kitchen featured in Better Homes and Gardens above. We see granite countertops, energy-efficient stainless steel appliances and recessed LED lighting, to high-tech touch control faucets and the commercial grade kitchen sink. Some are even going as far as to add on garages with remote entry. No, not the two-car kind with skylights and wall-to-wall storage, but smaller appliance garages to house all the small appliances and other commonly used items in the kitchen.
But, even if you’re just planning a minor kitchen remodel, which is a smart investment considering you can expect to recoup up to 72 percent of the cost if you decide to sell your home, adding an appliance garage to your plans will help keep clutter in check and give your kitchen a much cleaner look.
Take a look at some of the cool appliance garages we found around the Internet.
Kitchen designs are trending toward more open, casual floorplans that create a communal space for cooking, dining, working or entertaining. Along with its farm table, two dishwashers, 6-burner stoves with commercial-style range hoods, bright splashes of color and tons of natural light, this enviably modern kitchen we spotted on Dwell also has multiple appliance garages that keep unsightly clutter from compromising the clean lines of the space.
Appliance garages are usually custom features you would want to build into the design of your kitchen remodel, but you can find kits that allow you to add one existing cabinet and countertop. Here are two examples we found on Better Homes and Gardens of the different door system options. The tambour door garages like the one on left (and in the top image of this article) are a popular choice, with a shutter that operates much like a roll top desk. The garage on the right features a lift system door design that is versatile and works with a variety of door sizes. Whichever you choose, make sure whoever installs your appliance garage includes ample electrical outlets.
This little mini appliance garage The Sky is the Limit Interior Design posted on Houzz is the perfect place to park a toaster. A slide out tray is also a nice feature that makes it much easier to get the toaster out of the garage in the mornings.
Designing an appliance garage that is concealed behind the backsplash is definitely one of the coolest ways to incorporate this space saving feature into a kitchen. This mirrored backsplash garage, featuring remote controlled sliding doors, was designed by Mick de Guilo for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year display at Rockefeller Center. Read more about this kitchen at theKitchn.
Thinking about renovating your kitchen? At The Home Depot you’ll find the best brands of cabinets plus all the help you need to plan and install your dream kitchen. We can also help you update your kitchen by refacing your existing cabinets in a variety of finishes to give your kitchen a new custom look.
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