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Fitted kitchen advise

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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
Hi, I wonder if anyone can help. We are looking to have a new Kitchen in the New Year and need a bit of advise. We have a freestanding washing machine and tumble dryer and really want to keep these, but we would like them to be inside cupboards rather than on show, is this possible or will they need to be on show?
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Build a carcass round them (i.e. a cupboard but with no shelves in it) - we've done this to hide a boiler.
Just make sure that the cupboard doors open the same way as the machines, and that there is room for the doors on the machine to open.
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youll probably find your washing machine doesnt fit far enough under the worktop to be able to put them into a "fake cupboard" design. i know mine sit slightly further out than the cupboard doors beside them.
#3
Yes you can do this as above, you have to have a deeper carcass and they usually use a breakfast bar worktop (if your having laminate) as a standard one wont work properly, its just not deep enough. If your having solid worktops then they'll sort it for you when they template it.

In my opinion its the better option because:

A: Integrated appliances cost a dam site more than free standing, in some cases twice as much and are basicly a rip off. B: typiclly they have a smaller internal capacity, ie washing machines and fridge freezers compared to free standing.

As long as you dont try and cram your appliances into a standard carcass you should be ok. Remember you need to allow for the doors to open and shut properly, and air to move around. If your dryer is vented at the rear then youll be ok. But its one of those with the collection tray at the bottom, when your plinth goes on (to create the false integrated look), how will get to it easily?

Good luck
#4
Thanks everyone for you your advise, much apprciated :)
#5
Whoops - I did realise, I meant to change it but forgot - LOL
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#7
You'll find that the depth from the wall of both machines will bring their fronts level with the front edge of the worktop, so the doors won't go on. The best way to overcome this without having to alter the depth of the worktop or get custom made carcasses is to cut a recess back into the wall below the worktop that the machines can be pushed back into, this is relatively easy with a modern plasterboard wall, but not so easy if you've got brick or blocks. You can then mount your doors onto battens screwed into the sides of the cupboards either side. I have used this method in the past to cut down on the costs of buying integrated appliances............BUT!!!, I think the work and general aggro involved do not outweigh the costs, so the last kitchen I built I bought integrated appliances off e-bay, all graded ( i.e the odd dent here and there, but hidden in the cupboard, who cares ) brand new with 12 months manufacturers warranty and reduced to the same sort of price as free standing ones. My recommendation would be go for the latter option. Have a search on e-bay, see what sort of price the appliances are going for and make your choice :D
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MrGrumpyman
You'll find that the depth from the wall of both machines will bring their fronts level with the front edge of the worktop, so the doors won't go on. The best way to overcome this without having to alter the depth of the worktop or get custom made carcasses is to cut a recess back into the wall below the worktop that the machines can be pushed back into, this is relatively easy with a modern plasterboard wall, but not so easy if you've got brick or blocks. You can then mount your doors onto battens screwed into the sides of the cupboards either side. I have used this method in the past to cut down on the costs of buying integrated appliances............BUT!!!, I think the work and general aggro involved do not outweigh the costs, so the last kitchen I built I bought integrated appliances off e-bay, all graded ( i.e the odd dent here and there, but hidden in the cupboard, who cares ) brand new with 12 months manufacturers warranty and reduced to the same sort of price as free standing ones. My recommendation would be go for the latter option. Have a search on e-bay, see what sort of price the appliances are going for and make your choice :D

Thanks, it's an outside wall so will probably do what you say and have a look on ebay etc. Cheers for your help :)

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