After working in kitchen design and home building for a time - I can recognize small details that can make all the difference in a kitchen. A stock kitchen can look more custom by just adding a refrigerator end panel for not much money. I am going to show you how I did one after the fact and it is removable - for when we move.
This is the fridge that came with this house. Look how deep and big it is.
I used a small fence section to hide the side and make it look built in. But we brought our old refrigerator from our other house in and I like it much better.
This is an older model but it is a shallow or cabinet depth style. Totally worth the extra money if you are shopping for a fridge. I recently built in the fridge with pine wood and trim I had in the garage.
Here is a profile view from one side. Only the door of the fridge protrudes into the floor space of our kitchen. I chose a white color to match the walls and to brighten up and break up all the wood color.
It looks all built in and custom.
All of the original cabinetry is still in tact. I will show you in a separate post how I made this open shelf and side panel that is completely removable.
Cabinets above the fridge that are only 12 inches deep are hard to reach - this new open shelf that is pulled forward makes it easy to grab any items I decide to store there.
The shelving can be functional and decorative.
I boxed the top in going all the way to the ceiling so it makes my standard cabinets have a staggered style.