Beth’s Kitchen

Project: Beth’s Kitchen

Kensington, MD , Kitchen/Bathroom Remodel -

u-shaped kitchen
kitchen drawers
refrigerator wall
u shaped ktichen
u-shaped kitchen
wine storage
nick-nack shelf
tilt up storage
lazy susan
cutlery divider
custom vanity
enlarged shower
built in cabinet
before kitchen

Addie Merrick-Phang
David Merrick

Beth loved her 1930’s Brick Colonial, but hated its tiny kitchen.  It was  dark, hard to clean, lacked storage and counter space making it difficult for even one cook to use.  We tore down the wall between the kitchen & dining room  to enlarge the footprint of the kitchen.  This gave us an additional 44 sq. ft. giving us about 50%  more kitchen space.  A U-shaped layout provided the most countertop  so we started there.  Two heavy duty lazy Susan cabinets became the corner stones of this kitchen eliminating dead space.  The Homeowner designated one for pantry items and the second for cooking equipment. Drawers were used in the peninsula to maximize storage.

While we had more than doubled the countertop are and storage capacity of this kitchen it was still on the small side so we layered in a few extra features to really maximize the space. A tilt out try at the kitchen sink keeps clutter off the counter. The cutlery drawer has a two tier divider doing the work of two drawers. We also included a double can trash pull out  to keep the trash out of the way.  It was important to us that the space be both beautiful and functional. So we  added just a few  design details to elevate the space. The peninsula toe kick was wrapped around all three sides and false doors were applied to the end for a seem less look. All the cabinets have flush furniture end panels for a finished look.

The final product exceeded the homeowners original wish list  providing  double the storage and counter space and enough working room for 2 chefs. The solid surface counters are much easier to clean than the original tile. Even with a smaller window taking down the wall and adding ample lighting have created a bright kitchen that is a pleasure to cook and dine in.

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