Richard's Bright, Well-Lit Kitchen
Location:New York, New York
How many people live in home:Two: my wife (and a baby on the way) and I
What makes your small kitchen so cool?
Light, space, and sound. We chose neutral colors and a combination of lighting to make it easy to focus on food preparation. The open design and super-quiet dishwasher and refrigerator makes it easy to interact with friends (and watch future kids).
One challenge you overcame in your small kitchen, or a good resource you've found.
We redesigned our kitchen as a part of a renovation to make the whole apartment more convenient for talking, moving around, and cleaning. Our kitchen was originally a galley layout connecting the entry/hallway and the dining alcove, with about 10 square feet of counter space. In the renovation, we removed the wall separating the kitchen from the living room and created an island, nearly doubling the counter area. To make up for the lost cabinets previously on the removed wall, we added a pantry and used taller cabinets on the remaining wall. NYC building code requires kitchenettes to be enclosed with walls or dropped smoke soffits. We installed recessed halogen spots over the island to provide task lighting while satisfying the soffit requirement. We found inspiration from photos at thekitchn.com. We visited Home Depot from the initial idea stage to getting the switch plate covers. A J Madison's web site was useful for finding appliances that would fit in our space.
Favorite Meal to Cook in Kitchen
Dinner for two! We both work outside the home, and we relax by making dinner together at the end of the day. We now have enough space for both of us to be in the kitchen at the same time. Typically, I wash the vegetables and she cuts and stir-fries them.
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