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The Challenge:
A small 9 x 9 kitchen -- completely open to the main hallway -- that had to work for two cooks and still look great.
The Vision:
The focus of the kitchen would be on the view looking in from the hall. The cabinetry and finishes would be selected to harmonize with the formal living and dining room furnishings, and reflect the owner's traditional sensibility.

The Process:
When designing a kitchen, the first priority is to maximize function. Fortunately, in this case by maximizing function we were able to maximize decorative impact as well. We reconfigured the layout from an 'L' to a 'U' shape, relocating the sink, dishwasher, and stove to the outside walls, and adding efficient corner cabinets. This not only increased storage capacity, it also created a long stretch of uninterrupted counter between the clean-up and cooking zones, permitting two people to work in tandem. We made this area a focal point by installing glass-fronted upper cabinets for display, anchored at either end by custom open storage units. Safety considerations forced us to allow for a narrow counter space between the stove and the door to the dining room. Even this tiny area was made both useful, with a shallow storage cupboard below, and decorative, with open display shelving above.

The homeowner wished to reuse her old, but still working, almond appliances. To play them down, we selected a matching paint finish for the upper cabinets, adding a dark hand-glazed detail for pizzazz. As an unexpected twist in such a small kitchen, we used a medium cherry finish on the lower cabinets, injecting a note of formality. A granite countertop and simple tile backsplash bridge the tonal divide between the two cabinet colours.

The Result:
Not only did we create a kitchen that looks gorgeous, we added so much storage space that the client is able to display all of her collectibles with room to spare.

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