See how one family's small kitchen goes from impractical to well designed and kid-friendly.
Homeowners Stacey and Michael Bell love their Colonial-style home, but their tiny kitchen was just not practical or functional. They dreamed of a well-designed, kid-friendly kitchen that would fit their growing family.
The Bells turned to kitchen designer Rebecca Zaveloff for help. Together they knocked down a wall, allowing them to join the dining area with the kitchen and create lots of new storage space.
The biggest challenge was adding an island that would fit the narrow shape of the kitchen. What they ended up with is a long, skinny island, proportioned to the size of the room. The base of the island was ingeniously configured with lots of storage space for serving dishes, larger pots and even a pull-out cabinet with trash and recycling bins. Because the island is narrow, standard 24-inch-deep cabinets were modified to 18 inches. A 12-inch-deep cabinet was placed on the end of the island and trimmed in molding to create a wine rack.
To give the kitchen a classic feel, the homeowners chose a farmhouse sink. They love the convenience of having one large, deep basin. Adding to that classic look is the green subway tile backsplash that surrounds the sink and cooking area.
The homeowners opted to blend the white cabinets with black granite countertops to add a sense of drama to the room. A double-pendant light fixture over the island shows off the depth in the granite. A matching chandelier hangs over the dining area to create the same effect.
A large pantry-style cupboard built into the side wall maximizes storage space. Included in the cupboard is a phone center and desk to help keep the homeowners organized.