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SPECIAL PROJECT FEATURE: Small But Mighty

Small But Mighty

This small kitchen may look big but it’s all an optical illusion thanks to a great layout and carefully selected finishes. The challenge at hand: how do you create an efficient kitchen layout, complete with all the must-have appliances, in a cramped and choppy room? In the case of this 1950s Tudor, the magic was accomplished with some creative re-imagining of the tiny space. With the elimination of a swinging door and relocation of a basement staircase, the path toward their dream kitchen became apparent. Transitional cabinetry with a modified stepped Shaker-style panel updates the look without detracting from the home’s period detailing.

Checking All The Boxes

In addition to a more workable floorplan, the owners dreamed of a center island with an overhang for seating. Despite the room’s narrow dimensions, the clever use of shallow cabinetry along the back wall made their vision a reality.

Open, Bright, and Airy

This sun-dappled room defies the stereotype that Tudor homes possess dark interiors. The minimal use of wall cabinetry helps enlarge the space, while light finishes on the cabinetry, countertops, and subway tile backsplashes further enhance the sense of illumination.

Workhorse Wall

Without that swinging door, the prep wall now accommodates a 36” professional rangetop, refrigerator, and double ovens. The work area is complete with a microwave drawer and beverage center in the island for easy access to all. What more could you want?

Kitchen designed by Peter Bittner, Designer. Post written by Paulette Gambacorta, Senior Designer.

About this Kitchen

For this kitchen, designed by Peter Bittner, the client had a very clear idea of what she wanted right from the start. She did her research. The mother of a fast growing, young family, she wanted something as efficient as it was beautiful – on the simple, yet elegant side. Her requests were straightforward: white and light grey Bilotta cabinetry in a transitional style so as not to compete with the detailing inside her 1950s Tudor-style home; a heated tile floor (by Rye Ridge Tile); stainless appliances; white subway tile backsplash by Walker Zanger (again to keep it clean and not compete with its surroundings); and seating at the island for snacks and homework. The “pop” suggested by Peter was done through the satin brass hardware and lighting fixtures. The real challenge with this space was to fit as much as possible into the existing footprint which was overall on the smaller side. The solution was eliminating a doorway (with a swinging door that opened into the kitchen) and stairs from the kitchen to the basement. By moving the stairs and doorway, the usable space increased considerably. The typical working triangle became the focus for one side of the kitchen and the island overhang and seating became available on the other side. To make up for the limited amount of wall cabinets Peter designed shallow pantry-style cabinets along the back wall. Quartz Countertops are by Rom Stone Fabrication.

In 2019 this kitchen was selected as a finalist in the category of "Best Use of a Small Space" in Westchester HOME magazine's Home Design Awards.

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