When you think of appliance garages, do images of roll-top louvered doors come to mind? Despite their practicality, appliance garages fell out of fashion for a long time, largely because they instantly dated a kitchen and did very little to enhance the design aesthetic of the space. But fans of these handy spaces will be thrilled to learn that not only are appliance garages making a come back, they now look better than ever.
“Kitchen design is constantly evolving, and new options for door hinges have led to an appliance garage renaissance,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Lee. “The newer style of appliance garages have doors that can pop-up, tilt-up, or even open and slide back into pockets.” Nearly any style of door can be used, which makes them incredibly versatile and easy to incorporate in virtually any style of kitchen. Another bonus of these unique door mechanisms is that they allow appliance garages to be added into relatively tight spaces, a major plus for homeowners with small, or galley style kitchens.
“A common desire among people preparing for a kitchen remodel is to create a clean, uncluttered space, which is another reason for the resurgence in popularity of the appliance garage,” noted Leslie. “Most people will still use the coffee maker, toaster, or blender on an almost daily basis; which leads to them either leaving these machines sitting permanently on the counter or being moved in and out of cabinets every day. One or more appliance garages allow you to have your small countertop appliances available whenever you wish and they can quickly and easily concealed without moving a heavy stand mixer or espresso machine a single inch.” In fact, many appliance garages also have built in outlets for each appliance,
and lighting within the cabinet for ease of use.
Appliance garages are just one of many potential design elements to consider when creating a kitchen remodel that’s right for you. If you’re thinking about getting started on your kitchen renovation, schedule a time to talk with Leslie or register for one of our upcoming educational kitchen seminars.