Kitchen Remodeling Means Thinking Inside the Box
In kitchen remodeling, size does not matter. Large space or small, the design process is the same. The kitchen designer has to has to make an assessment as to which attributes of the space can be changed and which are fixed. Creativity must take place within boundaries. If there aren't any obvious boundaries, you make some. But there are always limitations in remodeling a kitchen located in a condominium where plumbing and gas lines are fixed. Such was the case with this condo kitchen remodel in the Glover Park neighborhood in Washington D.C. Here is what we found when we arrived on day one:
Making the Most of a Little Space
Kitchen and bath designer Ellen Witts says "in a small space, the trick is to make it feel as open as you can." For this kitchen remodeling assignment, Ellen had to unify a large living, dining, and kitchen area and make it feel more open. She capitalized on the large windows and removed the partition wall separating the kitchen from the dinette, resulting in gracefully joined areas and increased natural light.
The most delightful feature in this new kitchen are the built-in cabinets which bring continuity from the kitchen cabinetry into the dinette. Two tall cabinets flank a seating bench with storage drawers underneath, contributing to the unity of the two spaces and providing storage and seating. The design of chandelier further supports the open feel of the kitchen.
How Remodeling A Kitchen Helped Unify the Entire Condo
In terms of unifying the entire living space Ellen:
- wrapped crown molding continuously through the entire space
- maintained the same paint color throughout
- continued the hardwood flooring throughout
- ran cabinetry from the kitchen into the dinette area
This kitchen design and remodeling achieved all it objectives: It defined three distinct functional areas, unified the three into one large space, and brought light and an open feeling throughout. There wasn't a lot of space to work with and the designer made the most of it.