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Kitchen Before & After: A Cramped Shoebox Kitchen Gets Gorgeously Gray Professional Kitchen Remodel
4/24/14 10:49 PM

Did you consider a ductless venting system? Admittedly, they aren't as good as ones that vent out, but they are better than nothing. And some apartment buildings (like mine) don't permit ones that vent out.

And I beg to differ with those who say NYers don't throw large dinner parties in tiny kitchens. I've lived in NYC for 20+ years and cooked for many dinner parties in my 7x9 kitchen. It can be done, though it helps to plan ahead (which is why it helps to have multiple burners and a decent oven so you can reheat things) and have decent ventilation!

Jennifer's Kitchen: The Home Stretch Renovation Diary
4/24/14 10:42 PM

Love the countertops and the green backsplash tile. And, of course, the cat!
The lack of a vent is puzzling, but perhaps opening the window will suffice? (If it is not freezing or raining, I guess?)

But I'm sorry, I can't get over the two-burner cooktop. It looks like a hot plate. Don't see how you could use a large pasta pot or frying pan on either of those burners (certainly not if you're trying to use both burners at the same time). And I agree that installing it "front to back" would have been a better choice. Still wish you had installed a 4 burner cooktop, and kept the exterior wall cabinet for extra storage and counter space.

But at the end of the day, if you are happy, that is all that matters!

Jennifer's Kitchen: The Home Stretch Renovation Diary
4/24/14 03:43 PM

NYCer here who has rented and owned her fair share of tiny galley kitchens. I get that people may not use their kitchens much (or may use them more for storage than for actual cooking). But I do think it's short-sighted to downsize from four burners to two, or get rid of an oven. You may subsist on take out and restaurant meals right now, but your needs may change down the line. And I do think you hurt the potential resale of your place if your kitchen lacks basic appliances. But hey, it's not my place, and the reno looks pretty.

Kitchen Before & After: A Cramped Shoebox Kitchen Gets Gorgeously Gray Professional Kitchen Remodel
4/24/14 12:07 PM

Things seem to be moving well, and you have made some lovely choices. I am not going to lie to you, I question the decision to send back the exterior wall cabinet. Based on your previous posts, I thought you desperately needed storage space. Plus, if you have a dish drainer and a microwave -- and perhaps a coffee maker? -- those will eat up what little counter space remains (unless you are putting the microwave in a cabinet somewhere?). But you know your needs best. And if you can make do with a two burner cooktop, you probably don't cook nearly as much as I do. Plus, if you find yourself pressed for counters or storage space somewhere down the line, you could probably put some sort of shelving or a butcher block table where you originally planned to put the cabinet. Best of luck with the rest of the renovation.

Jennifer's Kitchen: Some Big Decisions Renovation Diary
4/22/14 03:55 PM

Paint the walls, not the trim. If you want a white box, sell this house to someone who actually appreciates the natural beauty of the trim, and go buy yourself a white box.

To Paint or Not To Paint Our Abundance of Wood Trim? Good Questions
4/22/14 09:57 AM

There are certainly some neighbors I like more than others (there's one elderly lady who lets her mean, constantly barking dog run around off leash in the hallway), but I don't go out of my way to avoid them. Ain't got time for that!

Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 11:44 AM

Grilled tuna. That way, I can make sure it's cooked perfectly medium rare!

The Dishes I Never Order Out Because They're Better at Home
4/11/14 11:04 AM

I will say that, if I were in Jennifer's situation, I would do a four burner cooktop. I actually have found myself using at least 3 burners at a time (e.g., if I am making spaghetti and sauce, plus steaming veggies). Plus I think a four burner stove will be better for potential resale.

I also cannot fathom getting rid of closet space. Talk about precious real estate! But hey, it's her space, and for all we know the rest of the apartment has ample storage space.

That said, looking forward to following this renovation!

The Budget for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/10/14 10:01 PM

Sounds like a good plan. Definitely a good time for an apartment purge! Your budget sounds par for the course for NYC, and the reno will definitely increase the value of your apartment. The time, $, and effort will all be worth it!

The Budget for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/10/14 03:01 PM

Does your budget include any costs your coop board may charge for reviewing your renovation plans (e.g., filing fees, architect fees)? Also, do you need to move or store your belongings when you temporarily relocate?

The Budget for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/10/14 02:39 PM

Fellow West Villager here. Very interested in seeing how this unfolds! Also not a fan of open shelving. That NYC dust really does build up if you don't wash the contents of the shelves on a regular basis. Also, if you have a lot of stuff in a small place, you want to hide the clutter as much as humanly possible!

I suspect you will be addressing this in an upcoming post, but presume you have already gotten coop board and DOB approval of your plans, and are ready to move out and start work? If you have not, that could easily take another 2-3 months on top of the actual renovation time!

Best of luck!

Introducing Jennifer's Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/9/14 05:41 AM

Well, I used to store my jewelry in an old-fashioned jewelry box on my dresser ... Until I got robbed. Live and learn. Now I still have the same jewelry box, but it's inside another nondescript box and tucked away in the corner of my closet.

Stylish Storage: 10 Ways to Organize Jewelry
1/16/14 05:54 PM

It's not a question of what Maxwell thinks is "right" or "safe" for his daughter, it's a question of what he's required to do under NYC law:

So long as Maxwell has a window guard or stopper that prevents the window from being opened more than 4 1/2 inches, he's fine. But if he is not complying with the law, he should not be broadcasting that fact on a public website ... nor should he be suggesting to people that compliance with the law is optional.

Ursula's Window Seat Room My Room
10/29/13 02:36 PM