Since so many of us live in apartments and cannot change the size or shape of the kitchen, how about addressing the small (apt sized) kitchens that are the daily reality. I want to renovate this kitchen, which is 8' long with a window at the end and 5' wide and hence, a one-sided galley. Any suggestions?
Imagine Your Kitchen Zones
Every cook has their own idea of the ultimate kitchen, but have you really given proper thought to what yours should be? As the legendary Julia Child once said, "Design your kitchen right the first time, and you will never have to think about it again." Make a wish list of everything you'd love to have in your new kitchen. The more thought that goes into planning, the closer you come to creating a beautiful, efficient space that suits the way you live. One of the best starting points is to take a good look at your current one. Make a list of your five favorite things about the kitchen you have now. Then list five features that drive you crazy. Now, think about how you use your kitchen space, and jot down what would make your new kitchen the best ever. Here are some general space categories to keep in mind as you make your lists:
I bought an apartment that had a newly renovated kitchen. The couple later revealed to me that they'd never been able to "get it right". There were many things I disliked about it and spent a lot of time thinking about what I'd like to change. I had doubts it would ever look good. Lo and behold! I had the cabinets repainted, a built-in hutch realigned so it was straight, the pantry gutted and redone as a china closet, wide crown moldings installed, walls painted (all paint was DKC or Farrow & Ball) a wonderful spice rack built in, a narrow cabinet installed floor to ceiling in an unused niche and bought a wonderful antique table and four chairs at the Winter Antique Show at the Botanical Gardens. Added three kinds of new lighting - one being a fabulous late 1800's brass chandelier. It's now my very favorite room!
There is nothing to like about my tiny, inefficient kitchen. I'm going to remodel it soon, mostly to help is sale of this house. Then I will get my dream kitchen.
I can't find anything I like about my kitchen. It is small and so hard make a large enough space for every one to have over for Christmas
I love having an island or chopping block.
I also like having a cozy table for eating dinner on the week nights.
I like having a pantry (needs to be organized).
Hate not having a comfy spot for guest to sit while I cook.
I wish every night for the stove to die so we will have to buy a new one.
I love the varied textures throughout this kitchen: the natural wood floors, crisp clean island counter top and vintage subway tile. So charming!