Enter Mini Kitchen Tour
Our solution was to replace the old eyesore with something no-nonsense and unapologetic. Instead of hiding it behind an anything-but-demure enclosure, we attempted to make the new kitchen openly and quietly functional in the corner of the main living space. The layout wasn't ideal and we would obviously prefer a separate kitchen but space didn't allow for it. The next best thing, we determined, was to make this mini kitchen as functional and benign as possible (on a strict budget) within the apartment's main living space.
APARTMENT THERAPY SURVEY:
My/Our style: Good traditional bones with sensible modern tweaks
Inspiration: Peter Zumthor, Renzo Piano, farmhouse modern style
Favorite Element: the old building
Biggest Challenge: Storage. We created additional kitchen storage by carving a pantry out of an adjacent coat closet. It provided more than enough space for food storage, the microwave, and additional serving dishes.
What Friends Say: "We can't believe you cook so much in this tiny kitchen."
Biggest Embarrassment: kitchen in the living room
Proudest DIY: designing and building the backsplash out of off-the-shelf hardware store parts
Biggest Indulgence: the undercounter fridge
Best advice: hire a good plumber!
RESOURCES OF NOTE:
Stainless counter and integrated sink: custom by Monroe Kitchens in Rochester (585.235.3310) Faucet: Moen, reused from old kitchen Tiles: 3x6 honed Carrara marble from Bella Tile Backsplash lighting: Super-Sleek T5 from Brodwax Cabinets: AlanCraft Undercounter refrigerator: 30" Marvel refrigerator/freezer (its 8 cubic feet of storage was plenty for us since we lived near lots of markets) Range: Summit 20" professional gas range from Compact Appliance Shelving: IKEA's GRUNDTAL
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