Here, we take a look at trends in kitchen appliances. Our thanks to Bob Murdock of Beach Sales in Revere for giving his input.
For years, homeowners liked the idea of combining microwaves and hoods in order to free up space elsewhere in the kitchen. But with people microwaving less and cooking more-elaborate meals, many are maximizing ventilation power by installing large hoods. As for microwaves, they’re often smaller and placed under counters to make them more accessible.
Two major trends here. One is French doors with pullout freezer drawers on the bottom. This design puts the refrigerator at your level (rather than the freezer, which you access less frequently) and takes up less space when you open a door (a bonus if you have a narrow walkway). The second trend: refrigerators that are less deep and thus flush with counters.
3) Double Ovens
Double wall ovens allow you to multi-task and more easily accommodate a large group of dinner guests. Many homeowners like the idea of having ovens that perform different functions. For example, you might complement the standard oven with a microwave or convection oven.
4) Under-Counter Refrigerators
A nice luxury: a beverage or wine refrigerator that resides under the counter, perhaps in the vicinity of a wet bar. This makes it easy to grab a drink without having to the head to the kitchen. For one of our clients, we’re installing a wine refrigerator and wet bar just inside two French doors that open to the back deck. Real convenience!
5) Black Appliances
Stainless steel appliances have had a good run, and they still have plenty of fans. But other homeowners have balked at the cost or simply want to do something different from so many of their neighbors. So we’re seeing a movement toward black appliances, which are generally less expensive than stainless steel, are viewed as modern and different, and don’t show off those fingerprint marks so prominently.