Why You’ll Love Having a Second Fridge

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It’s always a good idea to add a second refrigerator for drinks, just ask Normandy Designer Leslie Lee.

“A second under-counter refrigerator can benefit just about anybody,” said Leslie. “Even if you don’t entertain, it’s nice to take some pressure off your main fridge. You can take all of your drinks out, and open up prime real-estate in your main refrigerator for food.”

Families with young children tend to also enjoy the benefits of an under counter refrigerators. The kids get easy access to bottled water or juice boxes at a lower height, and it keeps them from draining the cold air of the main fridge while they make their selections.

If you do entertain, a secondary beverage fridge works well at the end of an island or near the edge of the kitchen. This lets your guests serve themselves at a party without getting in the way of your meal prep.

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When it comes to the look of your second fridge, you can opt for a glass front with a stainless steel frame, or you can add a custom door panel so it blends in and looks like a piece of furniture.

“One thing to keep in mind is that a glass front will make it clear that it is a refrigerator, which makes it easier for guests to find a drink and help themselves,” added Leslie.  And if entertaining is really your thing, you can also take things up a notch by creating a full beverage center.

“I’m a huge proponent of the beverage center,” said Leslie. You can add wine racks to the under counter fridge, and glass cabinetry can store stemware and barware.  Add a coffee maker and you’ve got before and after dinner drinks covered.

What else can you stock your beverage center with? A bar sink nearby means unfinished drinks can be easily dumped, and guests can easily access a glass of water. Icemakers are also helpful for entertaining. Choosing one with a built in pump will clear out water lines and ice periodically.

Secondary refrigerators and beverage centers are just a few of the ways you can customize your new kitchen just the way you like. Set up a time to talk with Leslie about your remodel, or find some more ideas in the Normandy Remodeling photo gallery. To learn more about the remodeling process, you can also register for an upcoming workshop. We’re also sharing the latest tips and trends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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