Little Kitchen, Big Design

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Three years ago, Deborah sat in her newly purchased, cozy 1-bed, 1-bath co-op on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. While she was excited about her new space, there was one major flaw: the kitchen design. The Formica counters and white appliances were weathered with age and a large, bulky refrigerator took up valuable real estate. Deborah quickly posted her project on Sweeten and began planning a full kitchen renovation.

The first step was to widen the doorway and create a set of French doors to match the ones at the entrance to the living room. The contractor created a transom window to let additional light into the dining area.

A dated and worn-down wood floor was replaced with beautiful dark tiles and an inset geometric pattern, also known as a “tile rug.”  Grey, white and black tiles comprise this beautiful floor design, giving the kitchen personality and a healthy dose of modernism.

The rest of the kitchen was done in shades of white to let the floor tiles take center-stage. It was going to be very difficult to obtain the approval needed to move plumbing fixtures. As a solution, the Sweeten contractor left the appliance hookups as they were but replaced them with pieces that better fit the space. A new refrigerator sits comfortably in the entrance of the kitchen and an 18-inch dishwasher gave Deborah space to put large cabinets below the sink.  The large air conditioning unit is now concealed by custom wood paneling.

Deborah’s Sweeten contractor cleverly created a floating box on the ceiling to hang the beautiful pendant lights while hiding the wiring.

5131 Calacatta Nuvo

Tall, light grey cabinets were installed to give Deborah even more storage. On the opposite wall, glass-door cabinets double as an added modern element in this trendy kitchen.

Under-cabinet lighting brightens up the workspace and helps make the white glass tiles and Calacatta Nuvo countertops shine.

After the renovation, Deborah’s kitchen feels anything but dated. From the modern geometric floor tiles to the simple color scheme, this kitchen is both stylish and practical.


For more Sweeten renovations: A Brooklyn Brownstone Gets Its Design Flipped Upside-DownA New Kitchen, and Baby, On The Way!

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