Moving the Fridge (Kitchen Renovation – Part IV)

Following the demolition of the wall separating the kitchen and little den, Jim’s next project was to move the refrigerator. Here’s an old picture of the fridge location from the day we first toured the house.

Kitchen cropped

Jim, our agent Cathy and I all three had the same impression – “Why is the refrigerator in the family room??” We always knew that if we got the house, the fridge would have to move down toward the kitchen.

We have gradually been taking care of the things standing in the way – to the far left of the fridge, there was a wooden pantry cabinet that had to be removed. That was pretty easy. Then there was a small pantry closet that had to be demoed. That was fun for my hubby. Then there was a narrow load-bearing wall that had to be torn down. That was expensive.

Once all those things were done, Jim was ready to tackle moving the fridge. He had to relocate an existing junction box to create a new outlet. The big challenge was putting in a water supply line. Jim decided to run a copper pipe from the new location up through the ceiling, across the top of the door, down the wall behind some kitchen cabinets, and then tap into the water supply for the ice maker.

Fridge Move 1

Piece of cake. Especially when Jim figures out how to do it, not me 🙂 First Jim ran the line up the wall and over the door. Then he had to take down the upper cabinet over the ice maker.

Fridge Move 2

Next he pulled out the ice maker so that he would be able to tap into the water supply.

Fridge Move 3

With the upper cabinet down, he was able to cut a hole in the drywall and fish the pipe out of the ceiling.

Fridge Move 4

Now, in a perfect world, he would have just been able to snake the copper pipe down behind the drywall, and come out at the icemaker water supply. However, there were several horizontal wood braces installed between the studs which were blocking the way. I’m assuming they were there to have something to attach the upper cabinets to…Jim claims they were there just to piss him off.

Now he had to cut more drywall away to get to the horizontal braces, so that he could drill holes in them to thread the copper pipe through.

Fridge Move 7

In my true ADD form, I apparently ignored getting pictures of the rest of the process! You’ll just have to take my word that he successfully got the copper line all the way down the wall, and tapped into the icemaker supply line!

He also built a soffit above the new fridge location. This was harder than the average soffit. First of all, it straddled the new kitchen beam. On the left side, he had to adjust the soffit for an uneven kitchen ceiling that he will replace in the future. On the right side, the top of the soffit met a sloped ceiling. In true structural engineering style, Jimbo did an excellent job! He moved the refrigerator into place. In the photo below, you can see the old location vs. the new location.

Fridge Move 1

It was just a move of a few feet, but it makes all the difference in the world – now our refrigerator is truly in the kitchen!

About donnahuebsch

I'm a wife, a mom to an unschooling teenager, an animal lover, an artsy craftsy kind of person, & a DIYer. We're embarking on our BIGGEST do-it-yourself project yet - renovating an entire house!
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2 Responses to Moving the Fridge (Kitchen Renovation – Part IV)

  1. Cannot even begin to tell you how thankful I am that I came across your posts about the remodel of your kitchen! Ours is an absolute 90’s orangy cabinet disaster and these posts give me hope that we can, indeed, tackle this reno on our own with success!! Thanks for sharing!

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