Kitchen Design/Remodeling/Appliance placement

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Is it ok to put your refrigerator next to your standing range without any significant margin of space between? Are there any safety or product damage issues? Is the norm of separation strictly for the aesthetic value?

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Hello Doug - thank you for your question.  I'm sorry for the delay, but this was sent to my spam box and I just found it today.

The space between a free-standing range and a refrigerator can be important for aesthetics, convenience, functionality, and safety.  The safety restrictions are generally dictated by the installation manual from the range manufacturer and your local building codes.  A gas range will require more space than an electric range - but typically the space is measured between the range and a flammable surface.  The steel side of a refrigerator would qualify as non-flammable.
Aside from the safety issue related to an flammable surface - the other reasons I mentioned (aesthetics, convenience, functionality) are personal choice issues for you.  If you have no other space to allow separation, and there are no code issues, then putting them next to each other is something that happens on occasion.

Once again, I apologize for the email issue and I hope this helps with your situation.
Thanks,
- Scott

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Scott A.

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I can answer questions regarding the kitchen & bath design process. My specialty is problem solving and advising clients about realistic expectations and proper procedures. Please feel free to use this forum for fact gathering and overall questions about the remodeling process and how to get started. I take special pride in solving unique design issues (issues unrelated to interior design).

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I am the general manager of a kitchen & bath design showroom that offers complete sales, design, and installation services. Our products include cabinets, countertops, flooring, and appliances.

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I have been working in the field of kitchen & bath design since receiving my B.S. degree in Architecture in 1992. I also own my own residential home design company, and have been designing custom homes for local builders since 1993.

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