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to want to buy a house with space in the kitchen for a fridge..?

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MrsRajeshKoothrappali Thu 25-Jul-13 21:45:45

Viewed four houses today.

Two of them didn't have a space in the kitchen for a fridge. One of which was a brand new fitted kitchen done up to sell.

In one house you had to walk from the kitchen, through the dining room into a conservatory to access the fridge and in the other you had to walk through the utility room into the garage to get to it.

I thought it seemed too much of a faff and said that I needed the fridge to actually be in the kitchen, or at the very least in an ajoining room.

Estate agent looked at me like this: hmm

Am I totally spoilt and unreasonable. Or is wanting a fridge in the kitchen pretty standard?

Am starting to doubt myself..!


dizzy77 Sat 27-Jul-13 11:30:58

Whilst I'd check it, I don't think my fridge would be included in estate agents particulars about the kitchen, as its free standing and we'd take it if we moved. Unlike the oven, sink, washing machine etc.

YANBU though. One of my key criteria was a "social" kitchen: not necessarily large but close enough to other people I wouldn't be squirrelled away somewhere. Still dreaming of that utility room.

starsandunicorns Sat 27-Jul-13 11:09:42

Mine is a counicl flat next door has no cupboard in the kitchen and a new little combo boiler so can get his fridge in the kitchen his dc vist each weekend and when they see me tge first thing they ask is hows your tiny kitchen stars grin

starsandunicorns Sat 27-Jul-13 11:04:42

I live in a flat above shops my kitchen is tiny as.there is a cupboard for the massive boiler in kitchen my front is on street level and we have a small space to enter so you open the front door and you see my normal sized freezer turn lwft for the stairs when you are at the top you see my fridge which is in a cupboard in the hallway walk two paces and you are in the kitchen it has a cooker a sink a washing manchine and some cupboards and two small work tops its L shaped the cooker is so close to the cupboard where the boiler is I cook sideways as cant stand oppsite the cooker as the wall is behind me the you can only just squeeze by to get to the plate cupboard the tumble dryer lives in dds room its cosy

Didactylos Sat 27-Jul-13 10:47:52

a family member is a builder who designs kitchens as part of their job, normally for renovated property so within the confines of an existing space, and the whole idea is to get a layout thats easy to work in - in practice this is normally starting with a triangle of 3 points where cooker, fridge/freezer and sink are, because these are the 3 places youd be walking to and from if preparing a meal. Dishwasher,washing machine etc position less essential

MadBusLady Sat 27-Jul-13 08:41:24

Ooh yes, a dirty sink.


ShadowMeltingInTheSun Fri 26-Jul-13 23:12:02

YANBU. It's perfectly normal to want a fridge in the kitchen. I'd be really put off a property if it didn't have room for a fridge in the kitchen.

Washing machines / tumble dryers in garages etc wouldn't be a deal-breaker. A lot of garages are teeny tiny and hard to fit modern cars into anyway.

steppemum Fri 26-Jul-13 22:36:03

LessMiss - I would not be interested if I had to go outside. Not so bothered by them being in the back of a garage for example if there is a clean floor (eg piece of lino) in front of the machine.
Is there no way of making a doorway through to your storage room and creating a utility room?

And my ideal utility room has a sink. A dirty sink (ie a sink in which I can wash football boots and paint brushes) is the icing on the cake of my perfect kitchen/utility room combo.

(memo to self - get a life!)

LessMissAbs Fri 26-Jul-13 16:42:41

How bizarre. These properties are probably hard to shift and the estate agent probably knows that. Are you sure there wasn't a tiny fridge hidden somewhere in the kitchen?

I've done up and sold many properties and I have no interior design training but this is so basic - why on earth would you think a property would sell without a fridge in the kitchen?! If its a small kitchen, you must somehow fit in sink, drainer, cooker and fridge, all located close together preferably built in or silver. These are the bare essentials.

Better still if you can fit in a dishwasher, tall fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Actually I have a dilemma about my current project, as the washing machine and tumble dryer are in attached outhouse ie you have to go outside to access them although its a storage room attached to the house. I like it because you get no noise when both are on, but I don't think its quite right and we can make room in the (medium sized) kitchen to put them in there. Interested in hearing views on this.

KnappShappeyShipwright Fri 26-Jul-13 15:27:22

We're renting a 1970s semi with a ridiculous kitchen without space for a single electrical appliance, someone has built a lean-to on the side so we can have a washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge freezer and dishwasher. It didn't seem too bad when we looked round the house but a year on it drives me round the bend. I wouldn't buy this house for that very reason (well, that and the noisy neighbours, lack of amenities in this town...).

Goodness knows what the original occupiers were expected to do, every single house in our road has been extended to make the kitchen usable.

MadBusLady Fri 26-Jul-13 14:36:23

I just don't understand the "too fussy" thing - do they think they're going to embarrass you into handing over that amount of money rather than be perceived as "too fussy" by some twat you've only just met? Maybe some do, but I'd be amazed if it was a widely successful strategy on huge ticket items like this. But they seem convinced this kind of wheeler-dealerism works, I guess because the market hasn't exactly leaned out the profession over the last decade. They'll sell houses no matter what. They might as well put it down to lucky underpants as anything they say or do.

I didn't like most of the ones I've met much, can you tell?

Pobblewhohasnotoes Fri 26-Jul-13 14:16:53


When we bought our house we had to remove a wall cupboard to fit in a fridge freezer. I miss having a dishwasher, one day when we get our kitchen done...

UniqueAndAmazing Fri 26-Jul-13 14:13:28

but i take exception to everyone who says you need a dishwasher. hmm

in our kitchen, we have a fidge/freezer and a separate freezer.
and acooker and a washing machine.
it's too small for anything else.

my mum and dad used to have the washing machine in the conservatory - which made proper sense, as it was next to the back door for hanging out in the summer, or the conservatory could be used for hanging out in the winter.

no problem with washing machines being in garages either, if they're attached to the house

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Fri 26-Jul-13 14:00:19

I'm still waiting for the estate agent to get back to me about whether or not there's a fridge in the kitchen of this other house we like.

It's not mentioned. All other appliances are named.

Until yesterday this is something I honestly never thought about, now it's 'an issue'.


The bloody agent I'm waiting for is the one who thought I was 'too fussy' in another property because I suggested the damp extension ceiling might just be a problem..!


House hunting is tedious..!

CandidaDoyle Fri 26-Jul-13 13:50:42


I once went to view a house I was convinced would be perfect for us. It was all going so well til the homeowner took us to show us the garage at the bottom of the garden - which I then realised was the only storage place in the entire house for the vacuum. Fail.

Sizzlesthedog Fri 26-Jul-13 13:38:21

My 1st house had a small kitchen, the previous owners had fitted a dishwasher where the fridge should have been and put the fridge under the stairs. It worked fine.

CunningAtBothEnds Fri 26-Jul-13 13:33:23

Yanbu our second rented place had no real space for a combi just under counters right PITA until we got them fridge freezer was in the lounge/diner, looked odd!

House we have just bought ironically hasnt space for upright 50/50 but current owner has that in the conservatory, Which is literally just off the kitchen (about 4 footsteps from
Kitchen door) and it has space for an undercounter fridge in the actual kitchen so im thinking that i'll only really trek to conservatory for wine freezer grin

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 26-Jul-13 12:50:38

What an odd thing to do. However, it may be a godsend if you're dieting. grin

MaxPepsi Fri 26-Jul-13 12:33:39

I'm not an envious person at all, apart from when it comes to kitchens! envy

Our kitchen is fit for purpose, but not fit for MY purpose. But at least the fridge is in there, where it should be!

I dream of a huge kitchen with plenty of workspace and an adjoining utility room where I can do my laundry in peace without the dog nicking the mucky washing and where I have room for a dedicated beer and wine fridge!

notallytuts Fri 26-Jul-13 12:12:56

I lived in a house as a student where the fridge was in the living room. It joined onto the kitchen though and the kitchen was tiny so it was never an issue, it was about 3 steps. I've lived in houses since where the fridge has been in the kitchen, but further to walk grin

At home we have a small fridge under the worktop in the kitchen, and a big fridge freezer in the utility room (not that close to the kitchen). Its never struck me as an issue but I guess I grew up like that! I'm not sure I'd tolerate it in another house

WellThatsLife Fri 26-Jul-13 11:13:38

We have a space for the fridge-freezer but the designers didn't put a plug near it? We have to stretch an extension from the nearest socket

NorbertDentressangle Fri 26-Jul-13 11:10:55

YANBU - it would drive me mad having to go to a different room/building to go to the fridge. I hate to think how many times a day I get something out of or put something into the fridge.

We were at a friends the other day and I noticed that their fridge freezer isn't in the kitchen. It seemed odd as the kitchen/dining room is a huge extension they had built at the end of their house so the kitchen was new and to their specifications yet the fridge was at the other side of the dining area IYSWIM.

I once lived in a rented house (pre-DC) where the washing machine was in a separate building/ garden room and that was a big enough PITA doing your washing a couple of times a week.

raisah Fri 26-Jul-13 11:09:32

Unfortunately mine is the same, space only for an integrated fridge with the main fridge/freezer in the garage. It wasn't too much of a problem before children but is a bit of a faff now. We just couldn't afford to buy a house with a large kitchen in 2005 as the prices then were ridiculously high. The estate agent at the time said we needed to pay an extra £15k for a large kitchen with fridge space! Or an extra £20k for a house with a kichen large enough for a table & fridge! It was that type of foolish talk that led to the ridiculously high prices and the subsequent housing crash.

Didactylos Fri 26-Jul-13 11:04:18

I once rented a very nice flat- it had been the showhome for the apartment block and had been left with the show flat decor - so good quality finishes, very clean and it had been designed to maximise space. It was quite quirky decor, but had a wee balcony, nice curtains and a million colour matched vases hmm
there was a fridge and dishwasher and washing machine in the kitchen
but - no bins! and no space suitable for one in either bathroom or kitchen
also no space for a desk or bookshelf and none of this sort of useful/functional furniture. Or any place to put shoes or a shoe rack . I spent the whole year with mobile bins eg you had to move them out the way when you used the bathroom or kitchen and most of my books/ work on permanent display on the massive dining table

I would not buy a house without fridge in kitchen unless I was planning to alter it substantially

coraltoes Fri 26-Jul-13 10:56:09


i dont think british house design is at all like you describe. I have a tall fridge freezer. Oven is chest height (in wall), washing machine in utility, with tumble drier etc. The trouble is land is at a premium in cities in the UK, so people wont build houses as wide and airy as in Canada. Oh any my house isnt modern...about 200yrs old. so its not like i built it bespoke to accommodate my kitchen needs.

Regardless as the property shows will demonstrate on TV there is nothing a brit likes more than extending their property to create more space. Only obstacle is cost.

LeGavrOrf Fri 26-Jul-13 10:52:35

I would definitely tell the estate agent, it would be a deal breaker for me.

As someone said, every time you make a cup of tea you have 2 pain in the arse journeys, and it is very, very annoying. Especially if you live with people who 'forget' to put the milk/cheese/butter/whatever back.

That is the prime reason I now drink my coffee black.

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