This kitchen before and after is a little different from our usual fare because it doesn't involve a change in style: it involves a change in function. Blaise, Kristin, and their three kids had just made the move from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Their new home was almost twice as big as their previous one, but the kitchen, they found, was prohibitively small. They loved the way it looked, but they didn't love storing kitchen basics in the basement and pots and pans in the oven. And, according to Blaise, "countertop space was a joke."
In addition to all that, the bar-height counter was way too tall for the little people in their lives. Blaise and Kristin thought about making a quick fix, like buying an island, but in the end they decided to hunt for a contractor who could help them grow their kitchen to be just a little more functional.
Blaise and Kristin turned to Sweeten, a resource that links New York-area homeowners with architects, designers, and contractors. They were connected with Sweeten Expert Paul, and, drawn to his "straightforward and realistic" style, they signed him up for their project.
Blaise and Kristin's new kitchen has almost the same look as their old one — but it's the little bit that got added on that makes all the difference.
Paul extended Blaise and Kristin's kitchen by adding a new wall of cabinets adjacent to the old bar. He then lowered the countertop so that it's accessible from both sides, and usable by the kids, too.
Paul built a set of custom drawers that were then stained to match the original cabinets, and was even able to track down matching backsplash tile. The expansion has a small footprint, but it makes a huge difference in the way Blaise and Kristin use their kitchen — the kitchen is more open and accessible to everyone, and there's plenty of counter space and plenty of space to store things. Says Blaise: "We are thrilled with the results and psyched that we were able to work with so much of what we already had. Instead of cutting into our living space, the new drawers and extended counters have preserved our open kitchen and put everything within reach."
To read more about Blaise and Kristin's kitchen remodel, check out the project page on The Sweeten.