Tiny Kitchen, Big Ideas

What this Minnesota kitchen lacks in square footage, it more than makes up for in clever space-stretching solutions. HGTV Magazine takes a look around.
By: Kathleen Renda
White Kitchen With Wood Beams and Pattern Tile

White Kitchen With Wood Beams and Pattern Tile

This kitchen was featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo by: Kim Cornelison Photography Inc.

Kim Cornelison Photography Inc.

Kim Cornelison and Husband in Kitchen

Kim Cornelison and Husband in Kitchen

This kitchen was featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo by: Kim Cornelison Photography Inc.

Kim Cornelison Photography Inc.

Kim Cornelison and her husband, Alfie Ferreyra, endured 15 months of dust, disorder, and displacement so the teeny 10-foot-by-12 1/2 -foot kitchen of their 1901 cottage in Linden Hills, MN, could get bigger—by exactly 3 feet. But with those extra 36 inches, they transformed a dark, awkward cook space with a single small window into an efficient kitchen bursting with personality. “We didn’t want a mammoth kitchen because that wouldn’t have worked with the scale of our 1,500-square-foot house,” says Kim, a photographer. “All we needed was more light and a new layout.”

Working with architect Colby Mattson, the couple replaced the rear wall with a cantilevered bump-out addition that includes Home Depot cabinets with Calacatta gold marble countertops, a Miele dishwasher, a farmhouse sink, and a trio of sash windows. With abundant natural sunlight —and a ceiling raised 4 inches, thanks to a simultaneous remodel of the second-floor bathroom above —the kitchen instantly felt airy and open. “I’m still amazed at the bump-out. It was a little change with a huge payoff,” says Kim.

Table and Chairs

A slim zinc-covered counter-height table is a sophisticated take on restaurant-style stainless steel prep tables. The white bentwood stools are from Crate & Barrel.

Chandelier

Kim scored the 1960s faux-bamboo fixture for $50 at local antiques shop Hunt & Gather, then painted the brassy metal white (The Right White by Restoration Hardware).

Hood

After spotting a similar hood in a European magazine, Kim hired a set builder friend to make the wood stove vent. “Its curves are a nice contrast to the sleek Viking range,” says Alfie.

Small White Kitchen With Wood Beams and Patterned Tile

Small White Kitchen With Wood Beams and Patterned Tile

This kitchen was featured in HGTV Magazine

Photo by: Kim Cornelison Photography Inc.

Kim Cornelison Photography Inc.

Sink and Faucet

A deep apron-front farmhouse sink makes dish duty less of a chore. “I love its simple lines,” says Kim. The faucet, in an oil-rubbed bronze finish, is by Whitehaus. 

Tile

Handmade cement tiles from Cuban Tropical Tile Co. have all the graphic pow of wallpaper but are wipe-clean practical.

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