I live in a rental apartment and have a tiny windowed kitchen 62 x 57 inches. I have permission to renovate the kitchen but have no experience in doing so. I have been to Home Depot (ugly stuff and minimums on countertops) Ikea, (confusing to me and meant for larger spaces than mine), the Bronx to look at an Acme kitchenette, (not right) and now I give up. Can you recommend a designer/contractor or other professional who can help me change this picture into a new, well designed little kitchen?
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It needs a new stove, sink, countertop, maybe new cabinets (to be discussed), and a backsplash. I already have a nice new summit half refrigerator that was provided by the building. I live in a prewar building so the design shouldn't be too sleek. I don't have gobs of money to spend, but am serious about getting this done. Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance, and as always, congratulations on this wonderful site and the good work you do. Aviva
This is a great question and we hope that you get many answers beside our own.
To succeed here you need a. a design idea b. design development, including research on product and building requirements and c. a good contractor to do it all.
Apartment Therapy was started to solve these problems, but right now I can tell you that because we have a baby on the way next month, we are really only prepared to tackle the first part of this in the next few months. If you give us a call we would be happy to work out a design with you that you could then take forward, do your own development and find a contractor to work for you.
There are also other resources:
Ikea sells kitchens and does planning and Traemand installs for them and you CAN do a small kitchen with Ikea!
And, of course, you can also work solely with a contractor if the overall design isn't going to change too much and buy all the cabinets to them to install.