A cramped kitchen wasn't suitable for interacting with guests while preparing meals, but smarter use of existing space opens it up to entertaining many possibilities.
Connected spaces, increased storage and work zones, and updated appliances and fixtures were priorities for this 10x13-1/2 foot kitchen -- and so was a stylish appearance. Thanks to new large openings in two walls, the small kitchen now functions as an entertaining hub that connects with adjoining rooms. Creating pass-through openings joined the kitchen with the dining room and living room and created a bar counter for additional seating.
Oversize hardware, a rich cherry finish on the cabinetry, and a glass tile backsplash create an upscale look in this kitchen. A bright floral window treatment adds a refreshing splash of color in an otherwise neutral space. Below, a large stainless-steel sink and commercial-look faucet are perfect for gourmet cooking.
Stronger colors were added as accent pieces and can be changed as desired. This philosophy translated into a fun floral window treatment in the kitchen, a green-glass tabletop in the dining room, and bright pillows in the living room, which is open to the kitchen. Here, floral fabric adds an extra burst of color.
Grouping cooking appliances in the same location provides a refined, built-in look and conserves counter space. Cabinetry above the microwave oven stores baking supplies and dishes. Racks and bins corral items in easily accessible yet out-of-sight spaces.
Attaching a spice rack to the inside of the door helps this cabinet work even harder at keeping the cook organized. Adjustable shelves inside the cabinet make it easy to customize shelf height as needed.
Within easy reach of the dining room, a 15-inch-wide champagne cellar keeps wine samples ready for tasting. An efficient compressor quickly cools the bottles. Cabinets along the pass-throughs provide a base for much-needed counter space for food prep and allow interaction with guests in neighboring areas while cooking.
A champagne cellar to chill beverages is a well-loved luxury in the new kitchen. Featuring stainless-steel pullout racks and a cooling system, the cellar can accommodate up to 15 bottles of wine and champagne.
Slim, built-in dividers add organization to drawers that house linens, gadgets, silverware, and other items. The drawers also feature soft-close hinges that keep the noise level down and little fingers safe from slams.
Adding two tall cabinets in the dining room makes it easy to store serving pieces and other extras outside the kitchen footprint, leaving more space within for cooking essentials. One unit is for the adults, holding liquor, wineglasses, appetizer plates, and other party supplies. The other unit is the kids' pantry, with plastic dishes, napkins, and snacks.
Lined with base cabinets and quartz-surfacing countertops, partial walls now house additional storage and the new cooktop. Storage-smart drawer organizers, lazy Susans, and spice racks were incorporated to maximize kitchen storage. Here, turntables and hinged doors keep the contents of this corner within reach.
The most important goal of the makeover was to create an open kitchen with more efficient work space. A deep stainless-steel sink near the cooktop is handy for filling heavy pots, rinsing food, and washing hands. No bending is needed because the sink includes a hefty ledge for propping up pots while they're being scrubbed.
Carefully chosen materials guarantee that cooking and food-prep areas are durable and easy to clean. Similar colors ensure a smooth visual flow throughout the kitchen. Narrow glass subway tiles line the backsplash, while two patterns of quartz-surfacing form the countertops for an extra layer of sophistication
Moving the cooktop from the sink wall to the opposite wall created a more efficient work triangle. Installed just below one of the pass-through openings, the downdraft cooktop with ceramic-glass surface is easy to clean. The downdraft was critical because the kitchen did not have room for an overhead vent hood.