As a designer currently living in a rented apartment, there are lots of things I would change about my living space if given the chance. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most of these things are in the kitchen. My guess is that it’s the same for a lot of people out there-whether renting or not. And, being a designer, I get to see the possibilities for what could
be on a daily basis. Here are five, fairly basic things that I would change about my current space if my lease (and budget!) allowed:
|Drop-in on the left, undermount on the right|
- The sink. Our current sink is a drop-in, stainless steel sink. Nothing fancy. I would love to be able to make the switch to an undermount sink. We would gain precious counter space (even inches matter in a small space!), and not have to deal with cleaning the unsightly top lip of stainless steel. An undermount sink also provides a cleaner, seamless look.
- Soft-close drawer glides and door hinges. No more rattling drawers and banging doors? Yes, please.
- More drawers. Speaking of drawers… I could use more of them! I only have 3 measly drawers right now, which is hardly enough to hold all of my dish towels, flatware and miscellaneous cooking utensils. Plus, I would much rather pull open a drawer than be digging in the depths of a cabinet every time I need a pot, pan or mixing bowl.
- The layout. Okay, this is not actually a minor change. However one of my biggest frustrations is not being able to open the refrigerator door when the dishwasher is open (or vice versa). Why? The appliances are located directly across from each other, with minimal clearance between. It’s impossible to have both appliance doors fully open at the same time. This would be a big change that would save myself and my husband a lot of time and irritation.
- The hardware. The knobs on all of the doors and drawers are a bright, shiny brass. While I don’t personally care for brass, what’s more annoying is that they show every fingerprint, mark, and drip they come in contact with. Switching out the existing knobs would give the kitchen space a little more personality, and be easier to take care of, too.
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written by Shannon Williams