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Becky Sue shares her expertise and passion to move you one step closer to love where you live.

Becky Sue Becker is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD), a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS), and a Certified Living-In-Place Professional™ (CLIPP). With 30+ years of longevity and comprehensive experience in the kitchen & bath industry, she is a sought-after designer in the Atlanta region. Becky Sue’s advocacy approach means your turnkey project will be less stressful and help you love where you live.

Today the choices for how well a refrigerator works is generous these days.  Some chill wine inside 30 minutes, one even have a system originally developed by NASA that scrubs the air in your refrigerator of the gases that causes food to over-ripen and spoil too quick.    This blog post lets table the incredible advancements in technology and take an overlook look at your options for how it LOOKS in your kitchen!

The kitchen below is likely to be the most popular in today's time.  Stainless steel appliance package which includes a french door, free standing refrigertor. Free-standing are the most economical, and easiest of all installations.  With the wide aisles in this kitchen, the depth of the refrigerator was not an issue.   It balances the wall/room with the micro-oven stacked at the far end.

Dunwoody, GA kitchen design by BeckySue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS. Renovation by Harbor Towne Construction

The white and blue kitchen below was designed with a GE "counter depth" refrigerator.   This installation is the entry point at which you can now apply panels or doors on your refrigerator..

Alpharetta, GA kitchen design by Becky Sue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS. Renovation by Magnet Construciton

This homeowner stepped up to "built-in" refrigerator by Viking.   The all stainless steel Pro appliances by Viking are balanced by the serinity of the transitional design.

Atlanta, GA kitchen design by Becky Sue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS


Continuing to explore the built-in style, this kitchen features a SubZero refrigerator with wood fronts.  It is the "BI" (built-in) series of SubZero which stands 84" tall and typically can still be picked out in a line up 🙂

Photo courtesy of Sub-Zero Wolf

And one of my most favorite is the SubZero 700 series (integrated).   The design possibilities are endless and the most intriguing part of it is that you can truly make it (the largest appliance in your kitchen) disappear.  This series stands shorter, giving even more options for styling.   Can see the refrigerator?  See the next photo!

New home in Sandy Springs, GA. Design by Becky Sue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS


In this kitchen I designed the pantry along side to match every width and height.


If you have a large free-standing refrigerator you cannot part with, or bear to replace because it has been your own work horse, then do not feel left out.   Here is a common example of a design technique that is commonly used – create an illusion that the (free standing) refrigerator is built in by constructing and designing the surrounding cabinets to equal the depth of the refrigerator box. 

Kitchen design in Dunwoody, GA by Becky Sue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS. Renovation by TAK Project Management

Each of these applications are unique and vary greatly in cost.  When your turn comes to make a decision be sure to study the cost of not only the appliance itself, but the installation and cabinet fronts, if applicable.   And maybe even most importantly, verify the manufacturer specifications for proper door swings and clearances.


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