Kitchen #4: Bai's Rescued Orphan

Kitchen #4: Bai's Rescued Orphan

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Maxwell Ryan
Mar 11, 2005

Note to readers: We've been hit with submissions! We're going to run two today and extend submissions through next Wednesday.....Thanks, MGR

Name: Bai
Location: Gramercy Park, NYC

Favorite Kitchen Resources
1. Broadway Panhandler: the staff is very knowledgeable and they have everything
2. Chef's Catalog: They've got good prices and wonderful customer service.

Pitch:
Why my kitchen is fabulous: it makes the most of a small space.

When I bought the apartment a year ago, the kitchen had been the victim of what may be the worst renovation ever. It had floor-to-ceiling granite, lots of wasted space, no drawers at all, and not an outlet close enough to plug the stove into! (It was an investment property for the previous owner, who "fixed" it up in the hopes of a higher price).

To save money, I kept the granite and the existing new appliances, but redid the layout. My kitchen now boasts five drawers, a dishwasher, and plenty of counter and storage space. Dinners for 12 are a breeze.

3 Compelling kitchen cooking/design tips:
1. For fellow New Yorkers or anyone with a tiny kitchen: splurge on custom cabinets, it makes a world of difference, and you get a much more useable space.
2. Under-cabinet lights and a light above the stove are essential
3. Go smaller and narrower for appliances - especially for fridges and dishwashers.

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