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Size does matter…

And bigger is NOT necessarily better.

Not a conversation you expect to see on a handywoman blog? Guess I better hurry up and explain myself then.

I’m actually talking about appliances and remodeling, sorry. 🙂

Front load washers and dryers in fabulous colors, double ovens, professional style range tops with extra burners, french door refrigerators…such wonderful choices we have these days to outfit our homes! We see them in the kitchens and laundry rooms of all the TV shows about home improvement and renovations and want them even more. But are they really the right options for you?

Size is an issue that we are not always advised to fully consider. If you do a complete remodel of your kitchen and install non standard size appliances you will need to examine the long-term impact. Sad truth is most appliances don’t last as long as they used to, so what happens when that giant double oven you just couldn’t live without decides to retire itself?

Size wasn’t an issue when you had it installed because the kitchen basically got built around it. Now it’s 5 or 6 years later and that appliance needs to be replaced. You are stuck with a larger space than most conventional models available, or you have to get the same appliance again, only they don’t even make that anymore. Unless you have the sort of budget to remodel again, do lots of research and choose very carefully before deciding if you will use non standard size appliances.  Knowing the consequences and working with them can make a BIG difference in the long run.

I moved closet doors for a customer just about an inch because her front load washer/dryer set had just enough ‘bubble’ to the door windows that her laundry cabinet doors couldn’t quite close. That one little inch caused a decent amount of annoyance before she got it fixed!

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