Choosing a Built-In Refrigerator

Built-In Refrigerators at Arizona Wholesale

Types, Styles, and Look

In the early days of built-in refrigerators there were very few choices. Sub-Zero gets credit for creating this category in the mid-late fifties. It took a while for the category to grow into what it is today. At one point Sub-Zero was synonymous for built-in refrigerator, and even today they are clearly a market leader. However, many other brands now offer a variety of choices in built-in refrigeration. Here are a few:

Bosch, Dacor, Electrolux, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Miele, Monogram, and Thermador

Sub-Zero pioneered the traditional built-in refrigerator which, for our purposes, is a refrigerator with a cabinet depth no more than 24″. Early on the brand offered a choice of stainless steel fronts or models that would accept slide-in cabinet panel fronts to match adjacent cabinetry (overlay models).

Eventually, built-in refrigerators were developed that had hidden hinges and accepted cabinet panel fronts that were flush with adjacent cabinets. These refrigerators were fully-flush “integrated” refrigerators.

Sub-Zero-Fronts

Sub-Zero Fronts

Click below for a short discussion on integrated appliances from Houzz:

INTEGRATED APPLIANCES

Today, column refrigerators with cabinet panels have doors that go from bottom to top (no horizontal panel at the top), and when the doors are closed are truly not discernible from the adacent cabinets.

Columns

Columns

Configurations of built-ins includes side-by-side refrigerator/freezers, bottom freezer refrigrator/freezers, and separate column refrigerators, freezers, and wine coolers. In addition, some brands offer built-in under counter refrigerators and wine coolers; as well as under counter refrigerator and freezer drawers. The configurations for your kitchen are endless.

Click on the link below to review some of the choices in built-in refrigerators on our Houzz page:

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Adding a Backsplash To Your Kitchen

When you enter into any well-designed kitchen you’re most likely drawn to the beautiful hardwood cabinetry. Or perhaps it’s the gleaming stainless-steel appliances and the countertops. The backsplash area often goes unnoticed. Yes, the backsplash area is the tiled or wall of silver that runs above the countertop and stove area.

A backsplash is a great way to quickly add style and personality to your kitchen. However, most homeowners who install a backsplash stick to the same monochrome material. Selecting the right type of backsplash can liven up your kitchen design.

Why Install A Backsplash
Installing a backsplash behind your countertop, stove and sink can serve as a protection. Between cooking and washing dishes your walls can easily become damaged from food, debris and water. A backsplash will prevent your walls from being damaged by these materials. In addition, they are easy to clean which saves you time.

Backsplash Designs
Kitchen backsplashes are available in an array of styles and designs. You can opt for a traditional or a modern design. Tile backsplashes come in a variety of colors and can be arranged by a professional designer to create a unique look. If you’re interested in creating a piece of artwork that will instantly attract your guests you can implement accent tiles or dark wood in your design scheme.

Creating a Functional Closet Space!

When it comes to keeping your home organized, there’s a long list of items to take care of. While you may have a handle on all of the obvious spaces a guest will see when they enter your home, the closet may be a little neglected. It’s easy to understand why this part of your home would be put on the bottom of the priority list: no one is coming over to snoop around your storage space. That’s also why it’s so easy to just throw items in there when you’re cleaning up and just need to get on with your day. It’s time to stop hiding the mess and get it organized!

There are multiple reasons your closet may look the way it does: its size is too small, there is insufficient space for special occasion or seasonal items or you may just not have a good system for the items you currently own. No matter what the case is, take everything out and assess the empty space in front of you. You will be unable to visualize what is best for your closet space if you cannot see what you are working with.

Your first step is to de-clutter your current items. Create different piles for items you need to access often, special occasion items, seasonal items and items you no longer use but haven’t gotten around to removing from the space. You know what to do with your out-of-rotation items: can you say donation bag? Whether it’s clothing, shoes or assorted accessories, there is always someone in need who can benefit from your contribution, so delay no further! For your remaining items, it’s time to come up with a game plan.

This is where your creativity comes in. Look at your remaining items and think about whether you would like them to be hung up, folded, placed on open shelving or racks. Now make the space work for the items you have. This may mean going to a home improvement store and purchasing closet organization units or removing and adding racks and shelves to customize the space to your specific needs.

Be sure to place your heavily used items in the most easily accessed part of the closet and the rarely used pieces more out of your way. If you find that some things still do not fit the space, relocate some of the lesser used items into a different closet space or purchase storage bags to be used under the bed. Once finished, enjoy your beautifully organized closet and keep the space clean!

Colorful Appliances in 2017

Choose Stainless Steel Appliances or GO BOLD

Red Bertazzoni

We've been following and reporting on appliance colors for years. Here's one from 2015:

Appliance Colors Over a Lifetime

And now here's an update for 2017:

Modern major appliances trace back to the Post WWII era. In the 50's nearly all major appliances were white. Later pink and turquoise began to make their mark, and were popular throughout the 60s. In the 70's Harvest Gold, Avocado, and Coppertone were popular. They eventually morphed into Harvest Wheat, Fresh Avocado, and Coffee. Almond was added and became very popular through the 80's though appliance manufacturers tried to mix things up with 2 new colors that failed miserably – Silver and Sand.

Harvest-Gold

Harvest Gold Drop-In Range

Now, we're in the middle of a resurgence of color choices in appliances. BlueStar, a specialty cooking products manufacturer offers over 250 colors and finishes. Italian appliance manufacturer, Bertazzoni, also has a wide selection of appliance colors. Meanwhile, Viking Range Co. offers a smaller, manageable selection of colors.

To keep things in perspective, here are the results from a 2016 survey by Houzz:

“A whopping 75 percent of those surveyed were going with stainless for the new appliances in their updated kitchens. (White came in at 10 percent and black at 8 percent.)”

Most new appliance sales come from either new home sales or one off replacement sales. Buyers purchasing from production home builders are offered a very limited selection of popular colors. For individual appliance replacement sales, buyers will try to match the appliance color with their existing kitchen appliances.

We might be able to go with White, Black, or the popular Stainless Steel, including some smudge proof Stainless Steel options. GE offers a very interesting and competitively priced appliance finish, Slate. KitchenAid and now some other brands are offering a new appliance finish/color Black Stainless Steel. Mostly black in color, but with the grain and hue of stainless steel Black Stainless Steel is gaining steam. Samsung's Black Stainless Steel is somewhat shiney gray/black and others are more black with the stainless finish visible through the black..

The Big Three appliance manufacturers: Whirlpool, GE, and Frigidaire/Electrolux don't build appliances in Ferrari Red, or Pantone's color of the year for 2017 Greenery. But, if we only looked at the top 5-10% of appliance sales we'd likely find luxury brands that offer more variety in color selections.

BlueStar Range

BlueStar Range

Here are some colorful finshes on Houzz:

Colorful Finishes

Check out all the latest colors and finishes in person by making an appointment with one of the appliance consultants at Arizona Wholesale.


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Design Tips – What Went Wrong

Here is a room with plenty of potential. There is a unique adobe style corner fireplace. As well as a pretty good size room with plenty of natural light. Architectural details are present with the double window and French doors. Given all of the positive attributes this room has going for it, the space appears tight and crowded. Read on to find out what went wrong here.

In this particular room the dining table is too large for the space. A 48 inch round dining table would seat the same amount of people and take up less space. A round table would also create a better traffic flow.

The China cabinet to the left of the fireplace should be centered on that wall. The baskets could still be on the floor, but on both sides of the cabinet. This would look like that piece was built for that spot. This solution would provide balance to this wall, which undoubtedly stands out as it is now.

Everything in this room is rectangular in shape. From the sofa, to the dining table, to the area rug and china cabinet. Even the architectural elements like the windows, doors and fireplace are all rectangular. Adding new windows with an arched transom would add some diversity here. The room would feel balanced and more complete if there were some circles or round edges sprinkled throughout. Adding an oval shaped coffee table would also break up the monotony of so many right angels in this room.

The overstuffed sofa is too large for the space. Since this room has dual purposes, designated for living and dining; a low profile or smaller scale sofa would be more fitting here.

The corner in the back of the room looks like an afterthought. This area could have to a little desk where you could store things and place a computer. As it is right now it simply looks like clutter.

The pendant light is more for an entryway. Instead it looks like there should be a dining table under the light. Changing this particular fixture out for a recessed fixture would help this area receive light at night; without having the fixture being noticeable.

Decorating with Warm Colors

Reds, yellows, oranges as well as various combinations of these colors are considered “warm” colors. Yes, the stronger a color is, its intensity increases creating a warming effect. Such a group of colors can influence a range of emotions such as feelings of happiness and excitement. How can you incorporate warm colors into your decorating scheme?

Warm colors can work well together because they are located near each other on the color wheel. When such colors are added to the decor of a room it adds spice or personality to otherwise bland space. Using a warm color in combination with a neutral color can create a balance within a room. While warm colors are stimulating, such colors should be used sparingly. You don’t have to implement such colors in every room in the house. Instead, you can opt to use a warm color as a accent against a neutral colored wall. Using warm color as a accessories can add spice to any room without going overboard with the color scheme.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of using warm colors is that it can make a room appear cozier as the color advances. When using such colors, it can make a space more intimate and warmer. Colors such as red and orange can make a space appear smaller and more inviting. Warm colors are great for rooms that are sparsely furnished because it can make the room feel intimate even though it’s lacking.

Warm colors can be energizing therefore you should avoid using a bold warm color as a dominant color in specific rooms. In areas where you desire to avoid stimulation such as in the bedroom and dining area; you should opt not to use warm colors as an accent.

Are you ready to begin adding some warm hues to your home? Start by adding the warmth sparingly so you can determine what works for your home’s decor and what doesn’t. If you decide to use red tones offset, it with a black accent. Tan and off white make great accent colors for orange hues. When decorating with warm colors remember that less is more.

Making the Most out of Your Island

We all know that kitchen islands make a kitchen look complete, add more countertop space and are essentially needed in a big kitchen. However we can make our kitchen island more efficient and really make it work for you. All that’s required is a little extra planning in the design process.

In this photo the, island is the home for the cooktop as well as added storage for dishware. The storage is actually built into the unit to provide safe shelving for dishware. The look that is created from essentially having cut outs, is a pleasing architectural effect. The island has the appearance of a cantilevered structure and depth is added when the dishes are placed in the actual island. This is done by creating positive and negative space. The positive space is the white island itself. Negative space is the cut out shelves within the island.

Having a cooktop, sink or combination of both in the kitchen island frees up vast amounts of countertop space. Free space in other areas of the kitchen can be used for more prep space, organizing groceries or even placing food out as a serving station. Sure this requires a little extra work from an electrician or plumber but it is well worth it. It makes it easier to use your kitchen by being able to go back and forth, from your island and the rest of your kitchen equipment. It makes it easy to work when you have added countertop space to work on.

We mentioned earlier that an island is needed in a large kitchen. This is because large kitchens have a lot of open floor space. An island breaks this vast space up and makes it more useable. Also small kitchens can benefit from having an island. This is especially true if the sink or range is placed in the island.

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Tips for Selecting Appliances

Appliance Help for New Homebuyers

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New homebuyers have to make a lot of choices when selecting all the finishes, and products that go into their dream home. Fortunately, production home builders preselect options and upgrades that are suitable for their homes. Even so, making appliance selections can be very challenging. Here are a few tips in choosing appliances:

  1. Narrow the field. If your builder has a list of models and packages that are available to you, part of your work is already done. Don't waste time looking at brands or models that aren't available for the home you are purchasing. Even If you are building a custom home, there will still be some constraints based on the size of your kitchen, location of gas, water, and electric lines, etc.

  2. Budget and plan accordingly. If it's been a number of years since you purchased major appliances, get prepared for some sticker shock. Today's appliances will save money on energy usage, and still are a very good buy when factoring inflation over the years. However, when you want a built-in refrigerator, combo ovens, and other premium appliances such as wine storage units, built-in warming drawers, steam ovens and coffee makers, you're going well into 5 figures ($XX,XXX.XX).

  3. Consider brands. At Arizona Wholesale Supply, we carry the popular priced major production brands GE, Whirlpool, and Frigidaire (Electrolux). We also are your supplier for upscale brands, such as GE Profile, Electrolux, KitchenAid, and Bosch, as well as a host of luxury brands such as Jenn-Air, Monogram, Viking, SubZero-Wolf, Thermador, Miele and many more. Most production home builders offer selections from only a single brand or two, and even semi-custom builders usually stick with a few preferred brands. For that matter, new home buyers tend to pick most or all their appliances from a single brand that they prefer. It not only narrows choices to products that the buyer is going to be comfortable with, appliance brands tend to have matching handles, knobs, etc.

  4. Work with a professional. Arizona Wholesale Supply consultants have many years experience with home builders, designers, and new home buyers. If your builder or design professional is one of the many that we supply, you can make an appointment at one of our locations to select your appliances.

Arizona Wholesale Supply is a family owned company, based right here in Arizona, and we've been at this for over 70 years.


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New Appliances from Jenn-Air

New Jenn-Air Induction Downdraft Cooktop

New Jenn-Air Cooktop Coming to Arizona Wholesale Supply

The industry's first downdraft induction cooktop will be shipping from Jenn-Air later this year. Equipped with powerful induction elements, and the legendary Jenn-Air center downdraft system, this innovative cooktop builds on Jenn-Air's cooking legacy.

A pioneer in induction cooking, Jenn-Air, had an induction cartridge for its modular downdraft cooktop back in the '80's, and later a hybrid four element glass cooktop with two induction elements and two radiant elements.

Jenn-Air's all new 36″ downdraft induction cooktop offers all the benefits of twenty-first century induction technology combined with the advantages of proximity downdraft ventilation. It's literally two appliances in one.

Jenn-Air-Cooktop

With no overhead vent hood, sight lines are open, smoke and odors are captured at the source, and island installation is straightfoward. For those, who don't have the option of venting an island cooktop through the floor, Jenn-Air offers a duct-free kit as an option. Duct-free downdraft can be a real life saver and open up more possibilities for kitchen design.

Jenn-Air's new induction downdraft cooktop has a powerful center vent rated at 350 CFM, perfect for a vent system that captures smoke and odor at the source before it escapes into the room.

The flexible induction cooking areas on each side are controlled by an electronic touchpad, and have built-in sensors that detect pans and will not operate absent a correctly sized pan. The cooktop can accommodate up to six pans as well as oblong pans, griddles, or Dutch ovens. When selected, a Performance Boost setting will provide a brief (up to 10 minutes) boost of power higher than the maximum setting.

For more information on this Jenn-Air cooktop or other appliances contact your designer or builder, and make an appointment with one of the consultants at Arizona Wholesale Supply today.


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Introducing Monogram Appliances

New Monogram Appliances on Display

Monogram Shown at Arizona Wholesale Supply, Scottsdale

Monogram-at-AWS

Key Arizona builders attended a private showing of Monogram Appliances at Arizona Wholesale Supply in the Scottsdale Design Center on Thursday evening, April 21st. One of the highlights was the Monogram Professional Range. GE Southwest Region Manager, Rick Bonnie was on hand to answer questions as well as GE District Manager, Yolanda Sutton.

Of course, some delicious hors d'ouvres were prepared to go with the liquid refreshments. THANKS, Monogram. Here are just a few of the superior features on the Monogram Professional Range.

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Monogram® 48″ All Gas Professional Range with 6 Burners and Griddle (Natural Gas)

Sealed, dual-flame stacked burners
Deliver a full spectrum of heat settings, from an ultra-low 140° F simmer to an intense 18,000 BTU

Sealed-Burners

Monogram professional dual-burner bake system
Combines reverse-air convection technology with an infrared broil and gas burner to provide superb baking results, with fast preheating

Reversible burner grates
Flat on one side and uniquely contoured on the other to accommodate round-bottom woks

Reversible-Grates

Heavy-duty oven racks
Glide smoothly in and out on stainless steel ball bearings for easy access, and are designed to remain in the oven during the self-clean cycle.

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