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

Hardwood floors have been located beneath concealed beneath layers of linoleum in this Southie kitchen area.DAVID WEST/Born Imagery

This South Boston kitchen introduced the regular issues: not sufficient storage, not plenty of counter space, not ample daylight. Katie Boucher, a designer at Proper Angle Kitchens & Design, took down a wall to open the kitchen to the residing location, got rid of an unneeded doorway to the porch, and included home windows. “The kitchen was relegated to the again and left walls,” Boucher says. “We reconfigured it into a U-shape.” Not 1 to permit chance for storage go to waste, the designer also layered a pantry cupboard more than the chimney following to the fridge. “Space comes at a quality in the city—you’ve received to make the most of it,” she says.

1 The workforce discovered unique hardwood flooring below levels of linoleum. “Preserving them extra so a lot character,” Boucher says. “You can see each and every nail hole.”

2 The dropped ceiling was torn out to restore the space to its 10-foot height, then the cabinetry was brought all the way up. “It would make perception to capitalize on vertical sq. footage,” Boucher says.

3 Boucher centered the sink on the again wall, enlarged the window, and included sconces, turning the tableau into a focal point which is noticeable when you stroll into the household.

4 Brass bistro cabinets authorized the owners to centralize their greenery in 1 sunny location. “No much more managing from one conclude of the home to the other to water them,” Boucher claims.

5 Following experimenting with different hardware finishes, Boucher chose brushed brass because it pops from the dim grey cabinetry. As for her philosophy on mixing metals, the designer advises incorporating much more than one particular aspect in every finish.

6 To remain in just the spending budget, the home owners created and constructed the hood by themselves utilizing white birch and crown molding leftover from the cabinetry. Portray it white keeps the upper area ethereal.

Marni Elyse Katz is a common contributor to the World Journal. Ship comments to [email protected].

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