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Dishwasher Door hits Refrigerator when open...

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I am currently redoing my kitchen and I just realized when opening my dishwasher door, it hits the refrigerator. Here are all points pertaining to my current situation....
  1. No where else to put the dishwasher
  2. The fridge sticks out about 4 inches past the cabinets, and can't push it back because the wall behind it has mirrors. Also, there is no where else it can go.
  3. Might be able to cut into the wall behind the dishwasher, but there is sheetrock, a wood frame of 2x4's, and then a cinder block wall.
  4. Saw that GE makes an under the sink dishwasher, but it's $850+
  5. Do they make dishwashers with shorter doors?
  6. The dishwasher in the renovated kitchen is in just about the same spot as the old kitchen.
  7. Refrigerator is currently 32x68x31. Nearly impossible to find a 32x??x27 refrigerator.
I am open to all suggestions!

Thanks!
 
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Old 08-22-17, 11:18 AM
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1. Easiest: Counter depth refrigerators are available but nowhere near a popular as standard depth so most retailers don't keep them in stock but they can be special ordered. A counter depth fridge will be at least several hundred dollars more expensive than it's full size/depth version.

2. Crazy Expensive: Re-do the cabinetry and counter paying attention to your appliance sizes. Move the sink 4-6" to the left or shift the sink to the right so there is enough room for the dishwasher on the left of the sink.

3. You can install one or two pull out dishwasher drawers. As you noted they are expensive and also small so you'll likely want two of them.

4. Remove the small closet/pantry and move the fridge further away from the dishwasher.
 
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Thanks Pilot Dane, reviewing and calculating the cost of these now.
 
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Old 08-22-17, 12:24 PM
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3. I have an under-sink dishwasher in my home thanks to the previous owner. You don't want one.
 
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This is also a Flip project, so I just need to get it right with the best bang for the buck mentality. Not to take any shortcuts, but just need it to be practical for the buyer.
 
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Does anyone know if they make dishwashers with shorter doors? This would be the best solve all.

Thanks!
 
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Old 08-23-17, 08:45 AM
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Fisher Paykel makes a dishwasher with two drawers instead of one drawer with two shelves. Price may be an issue as it is higher end.

https://www.fisherpaykel.com/us/kitc...ishdrawer.html

Also, counter depth refrigerators can be ordered from a kitchen appliance dealer.
 
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Started looking into these dishwashers, but they are going for $1,300+! Still looking for an alternative....
 
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Anything non-standard is going to be expensive. When I re-did my kitchen the narrower counter depth fridge was almost $1k more than the same in standard depth.

Have you considered a narrow 18" apartment dishwasher? They are about the same price as a standard dishwasher. A tall narrow cabinet could be good for cookie sheets or in draws could hold small items.
 
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Is the cabinet on the left the same size as the dishwasher? If so switch the cabinet and dishwasher.
 
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Is there a reason that the Dishwasher can't be moved to the left end of the cabinets-where it looks like a refrigerator once resided? or move the fridge to there??
 
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Have you considered a narrow 18" apartment dishwasher?
I think PD's answer is the only solution without moving the sink to the left and reordering base and upper cabinets.
The DW door will still hit a counter depth fridge. The counter is about 25-3/4 or 25-1/2 and the CT fridge will be about 27 or more, I don't think you can find a true counter depth fridge.
A double drawer dishwasher might work. Another problem is the cabinet to the left of fridge probably doesn't have clearance for any pulls or knobs.

Please post some measurements:
Width of current DW opening, Width of fridge opening, Width of cabinet to the left of fridge taken from the front of the sink base face frame.

Refrigerator is currently 32x68x31
Refrigerators are 30, 33, 36 and are typically undersized by 1/2" in width. Example a 33" is designed to fit in a 33" opening with very little room at the sides.
 
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If I might throw in my two cents. A new dishwasher was mentioned & the idea was rejected because it would be $800, yet remodeling is continuing to be the discussion. I cant see that any tear out & restructure of the cabinets is going to be significantly less than the price of a new DW. If cost is the factor, it seems to me that simply buying a new DW, even at $800, is still going to be cheaper that any remodel project its going to take to get this issue of 2" resolved.
Remodel is going to involve the money you have already spend on the cabinets, plus tear out & the rebuild. Not only the material, but the time (days) involved to do it.
Leave what you have, go buy the $800 DW, & sell the old one for $150 on craigslist & you only have $650 invested in fixing the mistake. I cant believe that you can remodel the cabinets to rearrange the DW, fridge & stove, then move water & possibly gas lines for the three appliance etc for any less than that as well as spending another 3 days remodeling.
 
 

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