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Fix'n it 09-02-2013 10:21 AM

bump out for fridge ?
my fridge is kinda large. it sticks out pretty far. it will be on an exterior wall.
i am thinking i could build a bump out to recess it into the wall. to make it even'ish with the cabinets. i am thinking i could live with it, exterior wise. and i don't think it would be "ugly". even though it wouldn't look "good".

KRAZY idea ?

Fix'n it 09-02-2013 10:23 AM

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fred54 09-02-2013 12:40 PM

every kitchen I build/design I'm always looking for ways to frame it so I can recess a standard fridge and make it more "cabinet depth." That fridge is a monster. for the money it will cost to reframe and bump into an outside wall you'd be better off buying a smaller fridge or depending on your space reframing the interior wall where the rest of the cabinets are and bringing them in.

I would never recess a fridge without an end panel there that matches the cabinets anyway because you lose the illusion and the seamlessness of it.

Just my two cents.

vsheetz 09-02-2013 12:48 PM

Sell the frig you have on Craigslist, but a counter depth frig. Difference in is likely less than the cost and effort to create a bump-out.

md2lgyk 09-02-2013 03:24 PM

Your picture shows pretty much what our fridge looks like. It's even up against a wall on one side like yours is. Frankly, we've never had a problem with how it looks. There are too many other things to worry about. My wife wanted capacity, and that's what she got. Not sure why, since there are just two of us now.

Fix'n it 09-02-2013 07:17 PM

that fridge is 1 1/2 year old. and it cost over $2000. the shallower same model is about $2500. if i sold it, i would be lucky to get $800 for it.

it would cost me about $50 for the bump out.

but i am so busy right now, i don't have the time. i will explore the option when i get my current projects done.

Two Knots 09-02-2013 07:58 PM

Firstly, you don't need to bump out the back.

We had the same problem...Here was my solution.
We took out the two x fours behind the fridge. We supported it
with headers across the top and flashed the back.

We made our own cabinets, so we made the cabinets over the fridge
deep. Then if you notice the side wall, we built it out past the bottom
cabs and also edged it with a piece of molding running up to the top.
The only thing that sticks out is the side of the door.

Between taking out the two x fours and bringing the side wall out
we picked up about 5 to 5 1/2 inches. It's a solution to your problem.
BTW. were just two people and I had to have a big fridge too!

I'll get you a pic.

Fix'n it 09-02-2013 08:23 PM

ok. if there is no framing = 2x4's. then where is the insulation going to go ?

Two Knots 09-02-2013 08:24 PM

My first fridge was a counter depth GE proline, it turned out to
be a lemon after three years I dumped it and got this one...I'm
telling you this cause the GE was shorter as well as counter depth...
I was able to have the cabs
above the GE with a garage door under it. When I got this fridge
we had to adjust the side wall (bring it out more) and take down the 'garage door'
It looks like you may not have room
for cabs above it, but you could do the swing out garage door. It's a great place to store big platters.

Notice the side wall comes past the could make a side wall
deep enough to end by the doors.
BTW, I have a narrow Galley kitchen. My old fridge used to be where
the stove is now, so if we didn't remove the two x fours, I wouldn't
be able to have a big fridge.
hope this helps!

Fix'n it 09-02-2013 08:47 PM

looks nice. i am glad you don't have a white kitchen.

Two Knots 09-02-2013 08:52 PM


Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 1237396)
looks nice. i am glad you don't have a white kitchen.

Why are you glad that I don't have a white kitchen?

Do you think you would want to try what we did?

Two Knots 09-02-2013 09:08 PM


Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 1237384)
ok. if there is no framing = 2x4's. then where is the insulation going to go ?

There is no typical insulation, we used dense compressed fiberglass.
We did this for our first new kitchen in 1985...This is our second new
kitchen that we built in 2005.

Two Knots 09-02-2013 09:17 PM

Ok, I found a pic from 2006 with the GE Proline, as you can see
it fit in beautifully, --counter depth and shorter.
Notice the pull
out 'garage door' between the fridge and cabs...we had to remove it for the new fridge which
is deeper and taller...we also had to build the wall
out more.

Fix'n it 09-02-2013 09:44 PM

yeah, i see. thanx. but i am not so sure about have pretty much no insulation back there.

white kitchens, like white houses = i hate em ! they look sterile = yuck.
yours looks very warm and cozy :thumbsup:

Two Knots 09-02-2013 09:50 PM

The dense compressed fiberglass has served us well since
our first kitchen re-do in 1985. No drafts. Have faith...:yes:

We have two neighbors that copied this idea as well, with no

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