Makeover Monday: Thermador Appliances For Luxury Homes (Reviews)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  July 14, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

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It's Makeover Monday: Every Monday we look at a professionally remodeled kitchen and/or bathroom and talk about what is good and sometimes not so good about that particular renovation. This article is designed to help you with your project...so let's get to it

The real estate market has improved for certain types of homes. I was on the road meeting builders in Lexington, Concord, Bedford and Weston. It’s really amazing.

Developers are buying smaller Cape homes and knocking them down for much larger ones. This conversion has become more widespread then pre-recessionary times of 2007.

Luxury Brands

I wrote an article called the 10 Best Luxury Brands, but there are only a few to consider at the very high end. These include Sub-Zero/Wolf, Thermador, Gaggenau and Miele. Thermador is the most economical of the four with their free dishwasher and hood promotion. The products are also reliable and on our list of the most reliable appliance brands.

Let’s look at a 7 bedroom house in Lexington and look at what the builder used in the kitchen.

Kitchen

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This kitchen has every possible appliance and then probably extra, so we will break it down by the notable segments.

Cooking

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Thermador 48" professional range under a pot filler

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Thermador warming drawer in kitchen island

The cooking products really excel. I like the Thermador range because it has good output at 18,000 BTU with an extra low simmer. Behind the range is a potfiller faucet. Potfillers allow you to fill big pots without having to carry them around your kitchen.

Although all microwave drawers are manufactured by Sharp, Thermador unlike most brands is integrated and does not protrude from the cabinet.

This kitchen allows features a warming drawer. The placement is smart right across from the stove. You can remove the food from the oven and place it simply into the drawer. Warming drawers keep food warm for up to three hours without dehydration. You can also refresh leftovers as well.

Ventilation

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You see more custom kitchens with wood hoods. I think these ventilators customize the kitchen better than stainless steel. For a wood application, you are buying the blower, liner, light and filter. You may want to read our Ventilation Buying Guide for advanced ducting, blower and CFM information.

Integrated Refrigerator/Freezer & Dishwasher

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Thermador integrated refrigerator and freezer columns with custom overlays

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Thermador integrated dishwasher with custom panels

You are probably seeing more integrated products in homes. Integrated products do not protrude from cabinets and blend in seamlessly with the kitchen. All other products protrude and are noticeable (even shallow depth units). 

Butler’s Pantry

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The butler's pantry also has a secondary drawer refrigerator, dishwasher and two more sinks for entertaining. 

This kitchen is very well executed both aesthetically, but especially functionally. You do not have to walk far for any task. I also think Thermador is a good choice, because it provides luxury on a budget.

Kudos to Joseph Gelormini of Lexington, MA for a really remarkable house.

 
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