Converting a pantry closet into a refrigerator cabinet.
On a recent kitchen remodeling project, one of the wishes of the customer was to move the refrigerator out of the corner of the kitchen and provide more counter space next to the stove. The best option to accomplish this was to repurpose the badly cluttered pantry closet into a recessed refrigerator cabinet and slide-out pantry unit.
Reframing the closet, and relocating a power receptacle and water line for the ice maker was the first order of business. The back wall was not able to be moved, because it was a wall in the laundry which had no room to spare. As a result I designed the cabinet unit to sit proud of the wall by roughly 9″. This gave the unit more detail though with the addition of crownmolding above. This space also acts as a vent, allowing any heat generated from the refrigerator to escape.
A 24″ deep cabinet above the fridge houses an oven pan rack and storage for large kitchen items. A full height slide out pantry unit next to the fridge gives functional storage for typical pantry items. This unit, plus the additional storage capacity gained in the cabinetry that replaced the fridge, more than made up for the space lost in the old pantry.