Month: August 2011

Updated Galley Kitchen

A galley kitchen can feel small and cramped. This kitchen started out closed off from the rest of the living space and outdated. We overhauled this kitchen to give it a more contemporary look to match the rest of the house and fit the needs of a professional couple with two young children. To give this space an open and airy feel we removed a wall between the kitchen and the den, raised the ceiling, replaced windows and added a new patio door with side lights. The new open space allows enough room to entertain. A bar area was added so the kids could do homework while their parents are in the kitchen.

Kitchen Design 101

Let’s take a look at some of the projects that we have highlighted in the past and discuss some tips and processes to think about when planning your kitchen renovation. The kitchen is one of the selling points of your home and can reap the biggest rewards of a design update. When considering a total revamp of your space the first step is to relax! We start our design projects with a lifestyle assessment form that helps to put your needs and layout desires into words. By making a list of all of the dinnerware, silverware, countertop appliances, pots, pans, and everything that is used in the kitchen we are able to create storage solutions that will house all of these items.

A Retro Kitchen

This kitchen started as a small, cramped, and outdated space. Now, it’s a spacious entertainment area with a retro look. A brick wall with a fireplace was removed to open the space between the living area and the kitchen. To give color and luminosity to this unique space we used mosaic tile and a glass countertop to spice up this kitchen. While we used retro pieces like the vintage-styled refrigerator to give the space a mid-century look we also used more modern touches like the stainless steel cabinet details.

A Kitchen For: Small Spaces

The galley kitchen that we started with in this house was dated, out of style, and lacking in functionality. An L shaped cabinet closed off the space from the rest of the house and contributed to the small, closed off feeling of the kitchen. By removing the imposing cabinets the kitchen area was opened to the breakfast and living areas. Cork flooring was used throughout the living and kitchen area to unite the spaces and create an updated look. A counter-depth refrigerator was used instead of a free standing unit to improve the walkway and sight lines.

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