Brand New Renovation Diary! Meet James & His Cramped Brooklyn Kitchen

Brand New Renovation Diary! Meet James & His Cramped Brooklyn Kitchen

Renovation Diary
Jan 4, 2017
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Name: James
Type of Project: Kitchen Remodel
Location: Prospect Heights — Brooklyn, New York
Type of building: One Bedroom Co-op

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After a year-long apartment hunt, James found a lovely one-bedroom apartment in a charming part of Brooklyn. The kitchen was a little cramped and underwhelming, but surprisingly, that's exactly what James was looking for. He knew he wanted a space he could customize, and this space fit the bill.

Here's what James has to say about his place:

A small and oddly placed opening in the wall separating the kitchen from the dining area
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I spent the the better part of year looking for an apartment in Brooklyn that needed some renovation. I found almost everything I was looking for just a few blocks from where I had been living, in Prospect Heights.

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Functional, but very dated
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Located in a small co-op, my one-bedroom apartment is never going to be any more than 500 square feet, but I know it has the potential to feel more spacious. The first thing that has to go is the wall separating the living space from the kitchen, which is seriously outdated, cramped and completely devoid of natural light.

The space is small and closed off from the rest of the apartment
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Wasted space with the lowered ceilings
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Basically, everything from the stove to the sink (a distance of 70") will be demolished. Using the same locations for each, I'll install a new 24" range, a 18" dishwasher, a sink, cabinetry and countertops. The most major work involves removing the existing wall with the opening and adding 15" deep base cabinets facing into the living area. The floor will need to be retiled, but I don't plan to retile the entire wall as it exists now.

All that tile has got to go
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I plan to:

  • Knock out half of the wall (not load-bearing) separating the living area
  • Replace dishwasher, range, refrigerator, cabinetry
  • Remove tile backsplash and retile floor
  • Update lighting
  • Use existing layout to avoid moving gas lines and plumbing)

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