James' Brooklyn Kitchen is Now Completely Different

James' Brooklyn Kitchen is Now Completely Different

Renovation Diary
Jan 10, 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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At long last! If you've been following along, you know what James' kitchen looked like before, his grand plans, and what went down during the renovation. Now, drum roll please, we give you James' brand spanking new kitchen:

Here's what James has to say about his brand spankin' new kitchen:

The slate floors look beautiful, conceal dirt, and clean up easily.
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I'm so pleased with the outcome. I wanted something clean and bright and I feel like my contractor delivered. To achieve a seamless look between old and new, I had the entire apartment painted, using the same color (Wevet, by Farrow & Ball) for the cabinets and living/dining/kitchen walls.

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Taking down two walls not only lets in more light, it almost feels like more usable square footage now that people can gather around the kitchen.
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The range is next to the dishwasher with a custom panel.
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An extra deep sink that replaced a small shallow one makes it easier to hide dirty dishes.
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There's plenty of storage in the base cabinets, above the refrigerator, and in the large walk in pantry (at right).
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The project was a huge undertaking (and I go really tired of ordering takeout), but it was all worth it. I really enjoyed working within certain limitations, taking on a challenge. The room had been closed off, dark and dated when I bought the place. Nonetheless, the kitchen is where everyone gravitates. Even in a small space, entertaining friends is important to me. Now there's room for people to gather around while I'm preparing dinner. Most people wouldn't opt for a dining table, but I knew I had to make it work, especially after investing in a new kitchen.

More than triple the original counter space.
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Room to spare after a big trip to the grocery store!
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My last apartment was a beautiful little garden-level one-bedroom in an 1890s townhouse. As much as I loved it there, I convinced myself that natural wasn't all that important. Having since moved a few floors up — and especially after taking down a few walls — it's amazing what a difference some sunshine makes while I'm preparing coffee in the morning.

A small kitchen calls for a small dishwasher with a custom panel to match the cabinets.
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On the shelves: a few pieces of vintage smoke crystal, cookbooks, a whale bottle opener from Provincetown, and a set of cordial glasses from Mexico.
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It's a tight squeeze, but for someone who entertains often, a dishwasher is worth it.
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A walk-in pantry also contains a washer/dryer hookup, so it was worth keeping. I use the building's laundry room, but another owner might want to in-unit machines.
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There were only so many 24" ranges and I'm really glad I opted for the Bertazzoni. The low-profile trim piece helps it to disappear into the counter when you're sitting in the next room and its functionality is great. I feel lucky to be able to hone my cooking skills with such a solid piece of equipment.

Fortunately, everything need not be opened at once.
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Herringbone floors in slate for a classic but modern look.
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Shelves for storage and display.
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New doors had to be custom ordered to fit the pantry's irregular opening.
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