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Home wine/bar refrigerators are now quite common, especially in high end houses. In many cases, however, the appliances installed for this application are not the high end options. Wine storage requires different conditions than does general beverage storage, and ice is of course something altogether different. Although the cool factor of any such installation now gets wows, that may not be the case as users become more discerning. Plus, you will enjoy your setup more if it is really high quality and has everything you need and nothing you don't need.

My other suggestion is to pay attention to the aesthetics of beverage refrigerators. The glass fronts, again, may look cool now but using cabinetry to hide them may give a sleeker and more sophisticated look which may be better for resale. The wow can be greater if it comes only when the frig is opened and revealed. At the very least, if you are going to use a glass-front frig, consider that it is a very dark and very prominent feature of your cabinetry design. Whether or not you wish a symmetrical arrangement (#1 here is a great example), design the presentation sequence of these cabinets with the same care given to kitchen cabinets. In many cases they are even more noticeable.

One other thought: in our butler's pantry we have a second full frig, which we find much more useful than just a small beverage frig. I use it for breakfast items and for holding items like desserts prior to serving them. We buy wine as needed (medium quality) and don't store many bottles, so we don't need a full wine frig, but we can keep a couple of bottles chilled and at the ready which is all we need. Beer and other beverages are kept in that frig as well, and all of our glassware is in cabinets above. We do have one section of the lower cabinets as a wine rack that holds about 20 bottles, which gives a little sophistication to the arrangement but is really all we need for our purposes.

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Number 5 is drop-dead gorgeous.

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Pacific Emerald Homes Inc

Had some fun repurposing an old armoire.

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