||[Mar. 28th, 2007|12:06 am]
Took possession of the condo today. The current owner took their time moving their stuff out, but I was able to get a few things taken care of by the end of the day, and I have a pretty good idea which way some of the changes I want to make will go...|
... which I should have probably seen before:
The dishwasher _does_ open, after a fashion, if you open the refrigerator. The solution seems to be to get a refrigerator that is slightly less deep, or do a major remodel. But its at least workable for now.
Congrats on finally getting into a place.
Oh, those photos trigger such old memories. In my grandparents' house, you couldn't get to the eating utensils unless you opened the dishwasher AND fully closed the tool drawer.
I'm guessing the person who bought the refrigerator matched the exact depth of the space, but forgot fridges sit a couple inches away from the wall. At least the fridge opens on the correct side.
Most fridges are pretty easy to change the side htey open on...sadly, that's not a useful piece of information in this instance. =)
But Rob only really needs a mini-fridge anyway, right? Do people even sell refrigerators on eBay?
Theoretically, yes. Have you ever tried it? Unscrewing the bottom peg that holds the door up is a PITA.
When I was moving into my current apartment, I had measured my fridge (all three dimensions) and the space it was (hopefully) going to fit into. It was pretty tight fit for the width of the fridge, but there was maybe 1/4"-1/2" of wiggle room.
So, moving day: turns out I hadn't measured the door going into the kitchen, which is narrower than the front door. Also, I had only measured from the *front* of the counter top to the wall, which turned out to be wider than the back, so, after one of the moving guys took the kitchen door off its hinges, and took the refrigerator door off its hinges, and was finally sliding it into place, it got wedged halfway in. Doh.
A couple days later, a maintanence guy came by and cut off part of the counter so the fridge could fit.
It's not a particularly large fridge, it was just trying to go into a small space :)
We have the same fridge. Isn't that precious?
Please tell me that you brought in a new fridge and it didn't fit? It'd seem kind of whacky that the old owner did that, especially with how impossible it is to load a dishwasher you can't roll the racks out on.
No, the fridge came with the place. It doesn't appear that the person was living here very hard after they replaced the appliances...
Less deep fridges tend to cost a lot more than the regular depth fridges, and it is a brand new one to begin with. I'd recommend the remodel: Is the wall behind the fridge bearing? You can take the sheet rock off that wall and trim the studs down an inch or two, (they are still holding up the wall covering on the other side so you need to leave a bit,) and you should be set. If the wall is bearing, then you'll need to add some lumber into it to make up for the wood you cut out, (turn the new studs sideways so they take up less space,) but again, fairly straight forward. Assuming that it doesn't leak air back there when you open it up, you can leave it open like that, (who looks behind their fridge anyways?) but if it does, get a sheet of Masonite and some caulk, and stop the leak, and if you are feeling ambitious, some sheet rock texture and some paint too. Once you have the sheet rock off, you should be able to just pull the nails out of the plug box that is there, and then nail it back on a few inches further back, so you don't even have to do any wiring. It shouldn't take more than a few hours...
Sadly, that wall appears to be not only load bearing, but also made of concrete or something similarly hard to cut into (or, at least, solid and not hollow).
Congrats, and my condolences. Home ownership comes with both unfortunately ;)
Not sure what the layout of the kitchen is, but sometimes people keep their fridge just outside the kitchen door (especially if there is some tiny anteroom or something). I've seen several places here in New England that do it (and lived in an apartment with such a setup).