Congratulations to Dondi and Encore Construction Inc. on winning 2nd place in the NKBA Dreams to Reality competition for kitchen remodel 150 sq ft or less.
This project began as a white box condo on the 11th floor of a high rise. The home owners wanted a curved wall starting at the entrance that opened into the main living area, which defined the kitchen space. Along with the obstacle of the curved wall we were was also working with 11’ tall ceilings and special requests from the home owners. The clients wanted higher countertops, the kitchen to open up into the living space and fit 200 sq ft of kitchen into a 110 sq ft.
Although the homeowners loved the idea of a curved wall and the effect it provided to the adjacent living space it created quite a challenge fitting a standard depth refrigerator into the space. To the left of the refrigerator I choose to use a vanity depth cabinet and decided not to center the range on the long back wall to allow for a more comfortable work space. I also opened part of the curved wall space to the living room in order to create an open feel and have space for a refreshment center.
Having the space feel as open as possible was very important to the clients. They were downsizing from a single family home to the condo and had twice the kitchen size in their previous home. We needed to organize this kitchen to fit most of what their previous kitchen stored. In order to do just that we decided to take the cabinets up to 118”, added a corner swing out cabinet to the right of the range and a rotating susan to the right of refrigerator. In the top drawer to the left of the range I added an angle spice rack and put dividers in all the other wide drawers to make the most of the space. To compliment the open feel the clients wanted open shelving on both sides of the range, I had custom open shelves made with a radius edge to soften the look and feel of the space. The white behind the dark shelves is striking.
To achieve the look my clients loved and keeping the design in proportion with the ceiling height we decided to raise the countertops. This not only looks great, but the clients are fairly tall individuals who needed a higher work surface. This did create a problem with the range and dishwasher so we built a 2” high base that all the cabinetry and these appliances sit on. I then had a taller toe kick applied under the cabinets and a 2” high molding around the base of the range and dishwasher. Up at the ceiling I had special moldings milled to reflect the scale of the space that used 14” of wall space.