When the “hazy, hot and humid” days of summer hit the DC Metro area, we know the best way to keep cool: stay indoors in an air-conditioned space. Historic heat waves like we’ve been experiencing mean we also tend to want meals that are lighter and having cold drinks close at hand. Most homeowners in our area have the A/C aspect of staying cool under control but may not know all the convenient new ways for keeping food and beverages chilled – different types of refrigerator for almost any room of the home.
Photo courtesy Jenn-Air
Extra Cooling in the Kitchen
Head to the fridge when you want something chilled, but there are brand new ways to add cooling power in the kitchen. Refrigeration options are smaller, sleeker and smarter than ever. Smart fridges can connect to mobile devices with wi-fi or apps and let you check to see if you’re running low on milk. They can include “family hub” screens with voice activation that let you stream music, sync family calendars, check the weather or leave a digital reminder for your spouse to keep their hands off the dessert that’s for dinner guests.
Family hub refrigerator by Samsung
Some models have “flex zones” that can change from fridge to freezer and back again when special needs arise. Undercounter or narrow column wine cabinets can hold a few bottles or dozens at the perfect temperature. Standalone icemakers keep the extra supply ready for parties or days when you just need extra ice for beverages of all kinds.
Photo courtesy Vinotemp.
Refrigeration in Any Room
A finished basement is already a “cool” place for entertaining, so why not add a wet bar or beverage center? With all the options in smaller size refrigerators, it’s easy to put together a sophisticated bar or a mini kitchen, no matter how much space you have. And this is another great place for an undercounter icemaker.
Master suite fridge photos courtesy Perlick.
A fridge in the master bedroom? Yes! A small beverage station in the bedroom is great for late night snacks and morning coffee. And it doesn’t have to look like a kitchen! Custom cabinets can blend with the look of your room and conceal an elegant mini kitchen with a small fridge and even a bar sink. If you have medications or beauty products that require refrigeration, you can add a small refrigerator in a drawer under the vanity counter. The ultimate in convenience and luxury.
The Great Outdoors
Outdoor kitchen photo courtesy Perlick.
Outdoor living spaces are more important than ever before, with a deck, patio or covered porch pretty much a required feature in a home today. A complete outdoor kitchen needs more than just your grill of choice. As the sun sets and the day cools, you can entertain in an elegant outdoor space that also has a mini-fridge, icemaker, sink, counter space for food prep, and storage cabinets, all specifically designed to withstand the elements.