About the Project
NYC apartments are notorious for challenging kitchen layouts. Tasked with effecting a transformation can be daunting. In lesser hands, the closed-in U-shaped kitchen would have appeared to offer few options, since the opposite wall contained two below-counter-height windows that couldn’t be altered. Undeterred, Bilotta’s designer removed the peninsula and sited an “island” against the wall between the low windows, ignoring the fact that both sides would overlap the windows. This island is home to the sink and dishwasher, and even includes additional storage under the seating overhang. The newly configured kitchen now offers direct access to the apartment’s entrance. Without the circuitous route around the peninsula, the improved flow immediately makes space feel larger, and connects it to the open dining area.
The sleek flat-panel cabinets in a whisper-soft shade of gray add to the spacious feel, while quartz countertops and backsplashes in a vividly-veined pattern lend movement. The decision to panel the fridge maintains continuity around the room. Storage is maximized by extending cabinetry to the ceiling, and employing appliance garages adjacent to the fridge for hiding clutter. Even a small space next to the microwave is put to use as a pullout.
The project was designed in collaboration with Lauren Stanley of Alive + Kicking Design. Photography by Kelsey Ann Rose.