Beth’s Tiny Kitchen

Project: Beth’s Tiny 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

Beth loved her 1930s 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 added 44 sq. ft. which, in turn, gave 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 cornerstones 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.

We had more than doubled the countertop are and storage capacity of this kitchen. Even so, it was still on the small side, so we layered in a few extra features to maximize the space. A tilt-out tray 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 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 wrapped around all three sides, and we applied false doors to the end for a seamless look. All the cabinets have flush furniture end panels for a finished look.

The final product exceeded the homeowner’s original wish list providing double the storage and counter space and enough working room for two 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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