Built-In Appliances for your Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen is the hub of the home’s social interactions, whether this means daily catch ups over coffee and meals or entertaining friends for a dinner party. Investing in a functional and beautiful kitchen will not only improve your lifestyle at home now, it’ll also increase the value of your home later as having an updated and stylish kitchen is one of the top requirements for a home’s successful resale.

If you’re considering a kitchen renovation, you’re likely wondering which route to go for your appliances - Should you opt for freestanding or built in? This all depends on the extent of the renovation you are considering. Each type has their own benefits, so keep on reading to find out which is best for you.

Freestanding Appliances

 Freestanding appliances in our East Vancouver kitchen renovation.

Freestanding appliances in our East Vancouver kitchen renovation.

  • Free standing appliances can be positioned in different parts of the kitchen, easily slid into existing nooks or at the end of a set of cabinetry.

  • Because they are not attached to any of the millwork, they are easily transportable. You can even take your appliances with you when you move house. If you are working with standard cabinetry, freestanding appliances are the easiest way to go.

Integrated Appliances

Photos of our Deep Cove North Vancouver renovation taken by photographer Calvin Owen Jones.

Built in appliances are integrated or fixed into place and are favoured in full kitchen renovations for the following reasons:

  • Aesthetics

    Integrated appliances create the look of a modern, high-end kitchen. Because the appliances integrate seamlessly into the cabinetry, there is less to distract the eye resulting in a clean look. Plus, built-in wall ovens are installed at eye-level making it easier to use while cooking and cleaning!

  • Space Saving

    Built in appliances integrate seamlessly into the surrounding cabinets, creating a streamlined aesthetic with no unnecessary gaps. Because integrated appliances are backed right up against the wall, they save space, create more floor space and open up your kitchen.

  • ROI (Return on Investment)

    If you do decide to sell your home, built-in appliances are expected to stay in the house. Investing in built-in appliances and the renovation into a beautiful, functional kitchen will improve your home lifestyle now and increase the value of your home later.

    Bonus: An integrated dishwasher is also much quieter, hidden behind panelling.

However, it is important to note that the beautiful look of a streamlined kitchen with integrated appliances comes at a higher price tag. Because they are integrated into the cabinetry, they can also be more difficult to replace and service. Plus, you cannot take your integrated appliances with you when you move.

Tandem Construction is a general contracting, project management and carpentry company delivering luxury home renovations in Vancouver and the North Shore. From kitchen, bathroom or living room renovations, creating an income producing suite or a total home renovation, our team of project managers, carpenters and a network of trades professionals are focused on taking your dream home from vision to fruition. It all starts with a free consultation so we can determine your goals. Contact us today!