Before & After: A Cramped Kitchen Gets A Little Breathing Room

published Mar 7, 2016
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(Image credit: Submitted by Kristen)

We renovated our kitchen in June 2015 with a substantial amount of GardenWeb help. The kitchen is sort of an awkward layout. It connects an entrance hallway and the dining room. We were working with a narrow galley kitchen with a swing door on one end and a pocket door on the other. Our home is a mid-century modern that was built in 1952.

(Image credit: Submitted by Kristen)

Structurally, we opened up both ends and wrapped the cabinetry into the dining room. We placed beams into the ceiling on both sides in order to open up the space. In terms of style, we were looking for a more modern look, but with a lot of natural materials to tie in with the age and style of the home.

We are thrilled with the renovation – it has opened up the whole house and has allowed us to entertain without being locked up in the tiny kitchen. It functions so much better for our life, both in terms of food preparation and homework space!

In terms of budget, we really mixed high end and low end materials. We had hoped to end up around $20,000, but we definitely went over and ended up closer to about $35,000 – $40,0000 all in. Happy to answer any questions and thank you to everyone for their thoughtful comments throughout the process!

Thank you, Kristen! And you can see more photos of Kristen’s kitchen update on Houzz.