Small Kitchen Big Style
2015-2016 KDC Finalist
The first challenge to address was the 30” space saver microwave, incorrectly utilized to vent a 48” range, which also had exposed cabinetry above it, presenting a major fire hazard. To solve this issue, Martin had a 48” built-in 600 CFM hoodfan installed for proper ventilation. The second challenge was the placement of large-scale stainless steel appliances in a small-sized kitchen. The solution was to shift the range to the left and add stainless steel drawers on either side to create the look and feel of a professional cooking zone. The Sub-Zero refrigerator was also shifted and integrated into a row of tall cabinetry. Lastly, to make the space appear more open and up to date, contemporary finishes were added to complement the modern appliances. These finishes included high-gloss light grey lacquer cabinetry, along with white quartz countertops and backsplash, which were used as a framing element around the cooking zone. A dark charcoal hoodfan cabinet was intentionally used to create depth. To add warmth to the space, palm wood paneling and floating shelves were used as a transition from the kitchen to the living area. The clients were thrilled with the end result. New placement of appliances and use of a suitable hoodfan produced a far more functional kitchen. Martin’s thoughtful design and inspired choices of finishes have beautifully overcome the project’s initial obstacles.
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