The key objective of the research, presented in this paper, is one of the integral parts of the intelligent home – smart domestic appliances. The principal aim is to propose a method for designing smart mechatronic appliances. Such systems assist the user and augment the quality of living through the integration of services and technology. An agent-component based approach is used to design a generic agent model, which serves as a common infrastructure for constructing smart appliance systems. Finally, an intelligent refrigerator is presented as a perspective of the proposed method application.