It is our belief that in every home, the kitchen functions as its center. Even in houses where cooking does not occur daily, the kitchen still serves as a place to gather during holidays and special events. At the Linden Project, the kitchen is rather small and lacks the function that allows the Janniere’s to prepare meals for their extended family. We want to ensure that above all, when complete, the kitchen includes everything it needs to serve that purpose.
Our original design plan included deep navy base cabinets and upper walnut cabinets to add interest and dimension. However, after working in the apartment for a couple of weeks, it was clear that the room only gets natural light when the bedroom door is open and very little light filters in from the living area. As a result, we needed to brighten up the room so that it did not become a complete cave. We changed our plan to include beautiful grey cabinets, a white backsplash, and a combination of brass and polished nickel hardware.
The Linden kitchen is small, but again, many kitchens in New York City share this footprint. At 8.5ft by 4.4ft, the room only offers a couple of options for laying out the cabinets and appliances. To reduce costs, we decided to plan a similar layout to what they currently have in this room and to take advantage of the current gas and plumbing connections. The widest wall will house all of the cabinetry as well as the sink, and the stove and refrigerator will now directly face each other, providing the family with more counter space.
The kitchen has a small pantry area of sorts that is in an awkward location and is not very useful. To add the additional 3ft of counter space, we will close this opening and shift the refrigerator in front of it.
The stove niche is limited in its size, but we were able to purchase a wider stove that functions much better than their current one.
Improving storage is critical, and while space is limited, we are updating the cabinets, hardware and adding open shelves to the back wall. This change alone will significantly alter how the family functions in this room. It’s going to be a really cool space!
The Mood Board