Recently a colleague mentioned that when she first arrived in Canada from Europe, where built-in kitchen appliances are the norm, she was surprised to find that free-standing stoves, dishwashers, and fridges are still commonplace, here.
Why would that be, we wondered? Do North Americans think that built-ins – which are installed to sit flush with surrounding kitchen cabinets – are just about aesthetics? If that were true, free-standing models, which you can take with you when you move and come in at a lower price point, might arguably be the most practical choice for everyone.
But built-ins offer so much more than a sophisticated, streamlined look. We suspect that once folks on this side of the pond catch on to all their functional perks, we’ll see them in increasing numbers of homes here, too