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Kitchen Renovation Saint James Place

Posted by Kate M. in Prospect Heights
Brief description

We are a family of four and cook and eat most of our meals at home. Our existing kitchen layout makes it nearly impossible for more than one person to work in the kitchen at a time and has a very budget DIY feel with poorly built cabinets and counters and lots of gaps and cracks around appliances and between walls, counters, and molding.

Goal: to create a highly functional, family friendly, and aesthetically pleasing kitchen

I would like to open the galley kitchen up to better use the adjacent space, make cooking more social, and create a casual dining counter that could also be used for homework and projects. It will be a heavily used space and finishes must be durable and practical and blend with the traditional bones of the rest of the apartment.

Project details
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  • Services

    Design and Build

  • Style


Before Conditions

Functional but...

Looks like a budget, DIY job. Gaps and cracks, cheap/mismatched materials. Kitchen looks tacked on rather than properly built in.
The building is a brownstone. The space is in an old addition on the back of the building. All finishes have suffered from decades of cheap rental paint jobs and maintenance. The space was not designed to be a kitchen and the walls, moldings, and windows create some awkward geometry.
Electrical can not sustain more than one appliance at a time.

Scope of work

Gut kitchen. Build upper cabinets that reach all the way to ceiling; replace sink and appliances; move fridge out; upgrade fan above stove; add a dishwasher; open up or knock down interior wall; build an eat-at, counter height island that protrudes into dining area and has cabinets underneath; replace tile floor with hardwood; install easy to maintain counter tops around sink, stove, and dishwasher.

Adjacent dining area: remove closet, remove decorative door frame between rooms, install fridge, replace radiator, build cabinets to create storage wall or butler's pantry around fridge, replace steps to exterior door, repair ceiling cracks, build microwave in to storage wall or under kitchen island.

Both: rewire electrical; remove, rehab, or replace molding around windows and at baseboard; install new lighting,