An open floor plan and streamlined storage transformed this once-outdated galley kitchen into a modern space filled with style and function.
One of the most important items on the homeowners' list of makeover must-haves was more counter space. To fill that request, the design moved the cabinets higher up the wall and extended the quartz-surfacing countertops underneath them, wrapping around the space to form a U-shape work zone. With chairs placed on both sides of the peninsula, the area quickly transforms from work space to dining nook.
As with any small-space makeover, attention to balance, detail, and proportion gives this room its streamlined form. To keep the kitchen from looking heavy, dark-stained wood was limited to the lower cabinets, while lighter colors and materials were used on the upper cabinets. Stainless-steel toe-kicks, fixtures, hardware, and appliances create design continuity throughout the kitchen.
Creative storage solutions make the most of the kitchen's small size. Here, a corner storage unit maximizes often-unusable space and creates a convenient spot to stow away large pots, pans, and other cooking essentials. An automatic light inside the cabinet makes items easy to find.
Cabinets with frosted-glass doors obscure the contents but keep often-used items within reach of the prep sink and eating area. Pulls were deliberately excluded from the upper cabinetry to keep the streamlined look uncluttered and modern.
Thoughtful traffic flow and convenient work triangles are essential to this small kitchen's functionality. The pro-style range was strategically placed so the oven door can be opened without interrupting traffic flow. Large cabinets flanking the range and a small ventilation hood allow for handy storage near the work zone.
Drawers flank the professional-style range and conceal dishware as well as recyclables and trash. The built-in recycling center keeps an easy sorting system within reach at all times -- and recyclables out of sight.
Concealed behind a stainless-steel tambour door, this nook serves as a handy one-stop breakfast station. Being able to close off the area reduces visual clutter and allows the homeowners to keep their small appliances accessible but out of the way of the kitchen's main work space.