Home design ideas: Adding more light and storage to a cramped kitchen

Hardwood flooring were being located beneath hidden under layers of linoleum in this Southie kitchen area.DAVID WEST/Born Imagery

This South Boston kitchen area presented the normal difficulties: not more than enough storage, not adequate counter space, not more than enough daylight. Katie Boucher, a designer at Appropriate Angle Kitchens & Design and style, took down a wall to open the kitchen area to the living location, got rid of an unneeded doorway to the porch, and included home windows. “The kitchen area was relegated to the back and remaining partitions,” Boucher says. “We reconfigured it into a U-form.” Not a single to permit opportunity for storage go to waste, the designer also layered a pantry cabinet over the chimney next to the fridge. “Space arrives at a top quality in the city—you’ve obtained to make the most of it,” she claims.

1 The workforce found authentic hardwood flooring less than levels of linoleum. “Preserving them additional so substantially character,” Boucher suggests. “You can see each and every nail gap.”

2 The dropped ceiling was torn out to restore the room to its 10-foot peak, then the cabinetry was introduced all the way up. “It tends to make sense to capitalize on vertical square footage,” Boucher claims.

3 Boucher centered the sink on the again wall, enlarged the window, and additional sconces, turning the tableau into a focal issue which is obvious when you wander into the property.

4 Brass bistro shelves allowed the house owners to centralize their greenery in one particular sunny spot. “No a lot more working from one close of the dwelling to the other to h2o them,” Boucher states.

5 Immediately after experimenting with distinctive hardware finishes, Boucher chose brushed brass mainly because it pops versus the darkish grey cabinetry. As for her philosophy on mixing metals, the designer advises incorporating more than one factor in each and every end.

6 To continue to be in just the spending budget, the house owners made and crafted the hood on their own using white birch and crown molding leftover from the cabinetry. Painting it white retains the higher place airy.


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