Before & After: Kate's Colorful Modern Kitchen

Before & After: Kate's Colorful Modern Kitchen

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Name:
Kate
Location:
New York, NY
Division:
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
My husband and I bought our first apartment knowing that we'd gut renovate the kitchen. We expanded the cabinet and counter space by removing the bedroom closet, the rear of which jutted into the kitchen. We put in a new run of cabinets with quartz countertops, doubling the storage and counter space. We left one wall with no upper cabinets and painted the ceiling the same color as the walls to make the room feel more spacious. We replaced all of the appliances and installed a dishwasher and full-size fridge. The whole process took around 6 weeks. We lived with my parents in NJ and commuted into NYC for a few weeks during demolition, and the rest we lived through in the apartment. Although I practice exterior restoration architecture, I designed our kitchen. To save on costs, I ordered all of the finish materials myself. We bought Ikea cabinets, quartz counters, slate flooring from Home Depot, surface-mounted lights from Schoolhouse Electric, and backsplash tile from Ann Sacks.
My makeover advice::
When considering a kitchen gut renovation in an apartment, keep in mind that (1) construction always takes longer than the contractor estimates, (2) it's very unlikely you can live in the apartment during demolition due to massive amounts of dust EVERYWHERE, and (3) you'll be eating out A LOT if you live in the apartment during the renovation. Also, if your drain in the bathroom, for instance, is suddenly sluggish, it means your contractor is dumping grout water down your drain (!!!!!!!), which is a big no no. Plan to check in on construction as much as you can.
What I love most about my new space::
I love our huge amount of counter space, including the wrap around counter we built that extends into the living room. We can seat four people at the counter, and we use it as our everyday dining surface.
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