Welcome back! Perhaps you saw a bit of your own kitchen in last week’s post. If so, keep reading and I’ll explain how we overcame the challenges that we were faced with.
Challenge 1: We had a small footprint to work with and it wasn’t going to expand, so we increased the accessibility and useability of the layout by:
- Shrinking the sink down to allow for a spice pull-out cabinet between the dishwasher and range.
- Increased the size of the end wall and base drawer cabinets
- Changed 2 door base cabinets to 1 wide drawer base and 1 smaller door base with roll-out shelves
- Added a deeper cabinet above the refrigerator and pulled it forward for better accessibility
- Added pull-down shelves in 2 upper cabinets for better accessibility
We also added additional counter top length by creating a “shelf” of countertop material that is seamed at the end of the sink base. If there’s a need to access the window from the inside, the seam can be cut and the shelf removed and replaced.
Challenge 2: The outlets couldn’t be moved, and create an eyesore in the backsplash.
- We’re going to use metal outlet covers and have them painted by artist Bonnie Lecat of Bonnie Lecat Designs (www.bonnielecat.com) to match the backsplash. You’ll still see the outlets, but they’ll be minimized.
Challenges 3 & 4: Small area for a table and chairs and the need for privacy at night.
- We found a small (26″) round glass tables and clear lucite bistro chairs which don’t take up any “visual” space, yet allow the client to sit comfortably and read the paper or enjoy a meal.
- We also changed out the duette window shades to a softer, and more sophisticated Roman shade which is lined for privacy at night. The shade on the right window is actually just a valance as the client never closes this side.
Ok, enough talk- I know you want to see the pictures!
Professional photos to come…..
The client said ” I just want to let you know how fabulous it is. The table is the perfect size. I was able to sit and enjoy the paper and a cup of coffee and even though everything is the same size it seems like so much more space”.
What are your thoughts?