Designer Ben Herzog explains how he created an open and space-savvy kitchen in a 600-square-foot Upper East Side apartment.
Homeowners came to designer Ben Herzog of Ben Herzog Architect when they needed a multipurpose kitchen with an open floor plan in their 600-square-foot apartment. They wanted an inviting space that would complement their modern taste. The kitchen is designed with oak cabinetry and glass tile for a clean, natural color scheme.
Ben shares with us how he worked with the home's existing design, while creating a kitchen that evokes the homeowners' own styles.
There were a ton of boxed-out, lowered ceiling areas for building-wide systems like exhaust ducting and roof drains. We sought to make the ceiling plane as clean as possible to hide these bump-outs and make the space feel more expansive.
We did have some bumps in the road with the glass bathroom tile cracking if you looked at it funny. I now have a healthy fear of glass tile.
I love the routed slots on the washer/dryer closet. The cabinetmaker veneered slots with the rift-cut oak. We cement-boarded and tiled the side of this cabinet for fire protection, as it is so close to the open flame of the range, and it turned out quite well.