The 100-Square-Foot Kitchen: Farm Style With More Storage and Counters – Our 100-Square-Foot Kitchen series profiles kitchens that measure about 100 square feet, one of the most common kitchen sizes in the U.S., according to Houzz data.
Dysfunctional doesn’t begin to describe the original kitchen in this 1920s home in St. Paul, Minnesota. One small wall of cabinetry and a sliver of a countertop were all that was available in terms of storage and prep space. Plus, three entry doors chopped up the walls and made adding cabinets nearly impossible. Not to mention that the refrigerator and range jutted into the room, making the traffic path through the space look like that of a bee that had sipped too much picnic beer.
Size: About 100 square feet (about 9 square meters); 10½ by 9½ feet
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Cost: $55,200, including construction, appliances and design fees
Special features: Custom cabinets, pass-through to dining room, recessed pantry storage
Designer: Brad Belka of David Heide Design Studio
Three doors into the kitchen wasted valuable storage space. The homeowners had brought in the wood island for a counter surface, but otherwise the space functioned poorly for prepping and cooking meals.
The original windows sat too low to allow cabinets and countertops beneath them, so Belka put in shorter windows and positioned a new apron-front sink beneath them.
Custom cabinets offered the homeowners the most flexibility. “It adds cost, but in a small space, it goes a long way to getting you what you need,” Belka says. Painting them white helped brighten the room and bounce around light. “A dark kitchen in this size space would feel a little bit oppressive,” he says.
A counter-depth refrigerator, 24 inches wide and deep, saves space. Open shelves display the homeowners’ pottery collection.
Countertops: soapstone; sink: WH3018, Whitehaus; faucet: Savile, Delta; fridge: CP171SS, Summit; dishwasher: SHE43RL5UC, Bosch; lighting: custom
A rollout garbage can sits next to the sink. Slots on the toe kick and cabinet doors beneath the sink vent heat from a radiator. The pass-through doors echo the design detail.
Ripping up four layers of linoleum revealed the original wood floors.
White tile: Matte in designer white, 3 by 6 inches, American Olean; decorative tile: handmade, Clay Squared to Infinity; range: dual fuel stainless steel, KitchenAid
Walls moved: No. One doorway was made wider, and another was framed up and closed off. Also, a hole was cut into the side of the house to vent the range.
Plumbing moved: Yes. All new plumbing and electrical was brought into the space. An open, unfinished basement made the work relatively easy.
Other professionals hired: Designer and general contractor
Duration of project: Three months of planning; three months of construction
Lived in during remodel: Yes. Belka helped set up a makeshift kitchen with a hot plate and microwave that the homeowners could use during construction.
Savings: The homeowners did the painting themselves.
Design fees: $4,200
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