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:
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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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.
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.
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.