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Bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to designing a kitchen. A compact kitchen can function more efficiently than an expansive space with an awkward layout. With some tricks of the design trade in your tool belt, it’s easy to make even the modestly sized kitchen perform.
I agree with many of the comments. My budget does not allow for customization of cabinets and other items. My kitchen is not tiny, but it is very constrained because of 3 windows and 2 doors , and no blank walls. h.with
I think Ms Gilmer's idea of "small" and my idea of "small" are NOT the same. Although some of the ideas for smaller "Euro" appliances and sub zero refrigerators are neat...there does remain the object of cost. Some of us can't afford a "cheap" remodel of "only" $50,000. I would also like to see photos of real "small" kitchens...not galleys.
Why do I get the feeling that Ms. Gilmer doesn't live in the real world of "small" (e.g. 6' x 9') kitchens?
This article would be more interesting if it actually included some small kitchens...none of these qualify...
I WISH my kitchen were that "small". How about 8 x 10?? Now THAT is a small kitchen. The one pictured is HUGE in comparison! Really? Small? Oh, please!
I think you have some great information here. I'm helping a friend of mine in Phoenix with his kitchen remodeling. The kitchen is pretty small so it will be good to take these things into consideration.
I just recently purchased a home and don't have the money to renovate, but was wondering if painting the cabinets and walls a good way to start. And if so, what colors would be a good choice? Right now currently working with dark brown cabinets (previous owners painted) not a very good job and green walls (not good either). I was sort of thinking of white cabinets and maybe tan walls which would match the backsplash.
My kitchen is L-shaped, but not alot of wall space. I wanted to do a corner sink, but after seeing alot of pictures of kitchens, I am thinking of doing a corner stove with microwave above, this seems to open my kitchen and still be able to do an island or penninsula. Have you done any remodels that have a corner stove? Love to see more of these.
I have a step saver kitchen, small but very functional, got my idea form a magazine.
Those are great tricks for someone buying all new appliances or having a major make-over. What about us living with what we have....any ideas there?
Most small kitchens (like my 6'x 9') are in small apartments. Do an article please on really small kitchens.
Some of these "small" kitchens are huge compared to the kitchen in my 1930's DC colonial. I don't like open shelves as things get dusty. I have glass doors, which are open enough. We are considering an expansion but are limited by our small lot. I also don't like cabinets that don't reach the ceiling as you have that dead space above that also collects dust. I have cabinets to the ceiling now and I can still reach the top shelf with just a bit of help. I need all the storage I can get. We are looking for space to eat in the kitchen more than anything. I don't want to eat cereal on the beautiful Milling Road dining table I inherited from my mother.
Check out the new Thos. Moser Castine Collection. Tables and chairs designed for smaller spaces. Perfect for the smaller entertaining kitchen!
Who manufactures these beautiful kitchen cabinets?
There are a lot of manufacturers that can produce great cabinets. It's the designer that makes the kitchen beautiful. In fact, the cabinets can be very simple and less expensive ones as long as the design is well executed. Based on the look that my client is interested in, I match them up with the manufacturer that can create that particular cabinet style best.
Article indicates trash compactors are on the way out. Not for my household! Our first compactor lasted almost 22 years. And yes, we replaced it with a new one. I don't have enough cabinet space to hide kitchen sized waste baskets and free standing are just a "call" to my cats to play. The trash compactor keeps trash hidden and the the deodorizer keeps unwanted smells at bay. I think I'd give up my microwave before I'd give up the compactor. Does that make me a minority? Probably but . . .
There is still a good use for trash compactors for some people, but, it's the exception rather than the rule these days. I'm having more people say that they really don't need a microwave also. Just FYI...
Ummm I have a small kitchen. These are NOT small kitchens. My kitchen is 10x10....
I have designed very efficient and aesthetically pleasing kitchens in small spaces like this. The pictures posted don't really show small kitchens, you're right. One of the reasons for this is that it's very difficult to get good pictures of small kitchens!
For 22 years I have been reading articles about small kitchens. I have seen many good to excellant pictures of actual small kitchens. I advise you to hire a better photographer.
I know what you mean! Mine is 6' wide and 10' long....
Does that make us SUB-compacts?? :^)
can we have the brands of these 24" ovens?
Miele or Gaggenau
Miele makes a whole series of 24" appliances. They call it the power of 24". Shocking what you can fit into a small space if it is well designed! Conventional ovens plus speed and steam. Not to mention dishwashers and kombi sets. all very cool.
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I know that Miele makes several different 24" ovens.