Aesthetically, Jane's kitchen wasn't her cup of tea, but it wasn't in bad shape. The real issue was the lack of functional storage — and the lack of a vent hood, which meant that every time Jane cooked anything it would set off the smoke alarm. Yikes.
Enter Brooklyn-based Famurat Builders, who Jane met through The Sweeten, an online resource that connects New York-area homeowners with architects, interior designers and contractors.
The changes the builders made to the kitchen weren't just cosmetic — they relocated gas and electric lines, reconfiguring the kitchen to make it a better place to cook (and adding a range hood over the stove, for which Jane is very grateful). Before doing any of that, though, they carefully disassembled the old cabinets, which were still in good shape, and donated them along with the old countertop.
The new kitchen is much more functional, and lovely to look upon as well. The custom maple cabinets are deeper than traditional cabinets to allow for more storage. The new pantry to the left of the fridge and the open shelving by the stairs provide even more storage space. The stained walnut of the island makes for a nice contrast with the light cabinetry, and the Ceaserstone countertop and pale green glass tile backsplash tie everything together.
To see more of this project, check out The Sweeten.
(Images: Marcin JM of Diamond Shot Studio for The Sweeten)