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A Guide to SubZero Flush Inset Refrigerators

Written by Appliance Dude | December 29th, 2011

When Sub-Zero relaunched their built-in refrigeration line 3 years ago one of the big additions was the new ability to
buy a built-in 30″, 36″ 42″ or 48″ fridge, put a panel on it and have the panel be completely flush with kitchen cabinetry.
This is a look that Sub-Zero had offered for years in the 700-series, but for one reason or another was not available with
the larger fridges.

Sub-Zero has dubbed this look “flush inset” and the majority of my customers who are paneling their new Sub-Zero’s are going with this
style. I can see why…it’s cleaner and sharper looking.

Most customers think that you have to purchase a unique fridge in order to attain this look. Wrong.
You still purchase a Sub-Zero overlay refrigerator (which comes without a front or handles) and then
you would have your cabinet maker/carpenter play with the cabinet sizes in order to attain the flush inset look.
Basically what they need to do is the following:

– make the depth of the cabinet space 2 3/16″ deeper than the standard depth of 24″. So you would instead be using 26 3/16″ in depth.
– the flush inset width is 2.5″ wider than a standard opening
– the flush inset height is .25″ higher than the standard opening
– you must allow 1/2″ reveal (opening) around the perimeter of the fridge in order to promote airflow and allow for the proper door swing.

Also note: the inside edges of the A)the rough opening B)the sides and a portion of the back of the decorative panel will need to be finished as they are exposed when the doors are open.

Most people use custom panels that are 3/4″ thick. If you go with something larger than this you may be required to purchase a 90 degree door stop in order to prevent interference with adjacent cabinets.

Let the pics tell the story

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