Name: Jennifer Pade
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: West Village, New York, New York
Type of building: 300 square foot apartment in a co-op building
For those of you who have been following along with Jennifer's NYC kitchen remodel, and who saw the truly dire state of her original kitchen, this reveal will be especially satisfying. The work is done, the dust has cleared, and now it's time to take a look at the finished product.
The kitchen is finally finished and I’m home! The last of the work was completed a few days after I moved back into my apartment. And although there are still construction materials everywhere, the kitchen itself is fantastic. It’s sleek, efficient, and much more beautiful than I imagined it would be. Once I’m settled in, I plan to put a small café table and chairs next to the window. There’s a lovely view (and lots of sunshine) from the window, and now that there’s no countertop in front it, I can enjoy it!
If I had to pick just one favorite thing, it would be the laminate wood floors. I’d initially planned on installing ash hardwood, but once I realized that for the same cost of putting hardwood just in the kitchen I could install laminate flooring in the kitchen, livingroom and bedroom, it just made sense to do laminate. And once I saw it installed, I fell in love with it. The weathered-wood look complements the minimalist elements in the rest of the room — and it’s just so pretty!
Two other things I love about the new kitchen were never planned for. The first was completely opening up the wall between the kitchen and living room. The original plans called for closing up the wall between the two rooms by 2’ to hide the interior cabinetry from the living room. But as soon as demolition began, I realized that the two rooms could just flow right into each other if the wall was left open.
Now when you look towards the kitchen from the living room, your eye goes up to the high ceilings and both rooms seem airier and more spacious. My mini version of a “great” room! The second thing was not installing lower cabinetry on the exterior wall (except for one small cabinet next to the bathroom.) There is less countertop space as a result, but it means that more than one person can be in the kitchen at a time and there’s even room for that small table and chairs next to the window. Breakfast nook!
I adore the pale green, glass backsplash tile. The delicate color softens the minimalist white cabinetry and gray countertops and the shiny glass matches the glossy cabinet doors. And the under-cabinet lighting (with dimmers!) provides the room with a soft glow, making it look much more sophisticated than it ever did before. Dimmers really do make everything look better!
Now that I’ve been through the process, I understand that I didn’t have a realistic idea of budget when I started. Because of that, I ended up making several unexpected changes mid-project (and I didn’t get everything on my wish-list). But having a contractor who could roll with the changes made it possible to keep moving forward, and I still ended up with a result that I’m thrilled with! It was totally worth it to get a beautiful and functional space that I hope to enjoy for many years.
Congratulations on your new kitchen, Jennifer! Readers, check out the full series to see the whole renovation process, step-by-step. And be sure to join us tomorrow for a full budget breakdown.
(Diary Text: Jennifer Pade, Images: Jennifer Pade and Pablo Enriquez)