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antique-fridge-253x300Planning a kitchen remodeling project but lost for ideas?  Antique kitchens are very much in vogue.  Discuss with your Metro D.C. remodeling contractor how you might incorporate the look into your home. Here we’ve supplied some tips on having antique appliances restored, as appliances provide the cornerstone for any kitchen design.

Antique appliances that have been restored are brought back to like new condition. The “new” refrigerator will come with either a new refrigeration system, or if the old system was in good working order it would simply be overhauled and most likely converted to an environmentally friendly refrigerant.

If you opt for a new refrigeration system over a restored system, this does make the appliance less of a collectors item and more of a novelty item. A new refrigeration system will be more energy efficient though.

You may remember the old refrigerator your grandmother or grandfather had sitting in the garage -  you know -  the ones with the round or square shaped tops. Well if they still have those oldies, then you can get those restored and back to like new working order. There are a number of places that do this type of work.  If you can find a local antique appliance repair shop it will save you a ton of money on shipping.

On the other hand, if there isn’t a local shop capable of doing this kind of work it still may be advantageous to have it shipped to repair shop. Some antique appliances are worth quite a chunk of change. Some, believe it or not, are worth as much as $15,000 when fully restored. I would get an appraisal from a reputable restoration company such as AntiqueAppliances.com. Why get an appraisal beforehand? Well some antiques are more than others and the price paid for a complete restoration may not be worth it, but in most cases, a complete restoration is well worth it.

If you don’t already have any antique refrigerators or antique stoves that can be sent out to get restored, you can purchase already restored appliances. These appliances are ready to ship, worldwide in most cases.

Do keep in mind these appliances are heavy and the shipping costs alone will be substantial, but nothing beats the look of an antique. Plus, if you’re trying to get the look and feel of an antique kitchen, one of these antique appliances is a must have. So it would be best to have your appliance restored in the Metro D.C. area if possible.

Just be careful when buying an unrestored unit as you will most likely have to get it restored on your own. This will increase the total cost. Also be sure the appliances come with ALL of the original parts, or as many as possible, as this will also increase the restoration costs if the parts need to be made or taken from an already dwindling inventory of replacement parts.

Antiques will always be a hot commodity, and antique refrigerators and antique stoves are no different. With the supply of these beauties getting less everyday, the prices will continue to go up. Like with most antiques, the value of these appliances will always be high. So why not at least consider restoring or buying one of these beautiful additions to any period Metro D.C. home.
Article Source: http://www.dream-kitchen-ideas.com/antique-refrigerators/

 

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