Our biggest challenge in this space was square footage… sixty square feet to be exact!
Sharon (a serious baker and avid cook) had a short but firm wish list:
- a GRAND hood as the centerpiece to her kitchen
- a French country feel
- a backdrop for her collection of blue accessories
- nice floors that were easy to clean
After seeing the tiny kitchen, the immediate suggestion was to remove the doorway into the kitchen. This would allow the space to instantly appear bigger by letting more light into the living area. Once we took down the doorway and wall, the wood laminate floors were installed in a cherry finish, to match the cabinetry on the window wall. These floors are much easier to clean and add a warmth to the country kitchen (in the middle of New York City).
White cabinets on the hood wall lighten up the kitchen. Marble was the perfect material to show off the blues in her collection and it also adds lots of texture to that side of the room.
Cherry cabinets on the window wall bring up the warmth of the floor. The black granite counter-top with laminate black base on that wall was a pre-existing piece that Sharon kept from her old kitchen. Cutting it and reshaping it allowed us to obtain more counter-top space and even an eating area for Sharon next to the window. Base cabinets on that side would not have worked. They would have made the walking area too narrow.
Custom recessed lighting was incorporated into a soffit over the window, joining the microwave cabinet to the pantry cabinet. We had six inches left, to the right of the fridge and it is now the thin pantry that houses Sharon’s baking sheets. This also allows the fridge door to open fully, without hitting the wall.
A brass chandelier & brass cabinet knobs, marble & a custom wood hood (made to look like plaster) were used. The result is a chef’s French country kitchen, within the city…