Our 100-Square-Foot Kitchen series profiles kitchens that measure around 100 square feet Built in Kitchen Cupboards, one of the most common kitchen sizes in the U.S., according to Houzz data. A lack of adequate storage space forced this condo owner to toss everything on the countertops like he was having a yard sale. Designer Sarah Kahn Turner took on the challenge and actually created fewer cabinets with larger and smarter storage for a streamlined look that hides all the clutter. "Kitchen at a Glance
BEFORE: Aside from being out-of-date, the kitchen didn’t offer much Built in Kitchen Cupboards storage, which forced the homeowner to leave things cluttered on the countertops. But Turner’s first design decision was to make the white pantry door (seen to the left of the black fridge) disappear. “It was the first thing you saw when you walked into the condo,” she says. Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & BathAFTER: For a more uncluttered look, Turner put in fewer but larger cabinets and paneled the appliances. She replaced the pantry door with a concealed spring-loaded touch door that also made the wall appear longer and the kitchen larger. She says the door was an easy add-on and cost-effective. The hardware cost around $500 and the solid-core door, Built in Kitchen Cupboards about $200, plus the cost of labor.
The cabinets are covered in architectural veneer in a consistent pattern that looks like wood. Turner says these take stain evenly, something that helps in a small space. “You want things to look as quiet as possible in a small kitchen,” she says. “It wouldn’t look as big if it were really busy.”
And speaking of appliances, the homeowner has them all, but you wouldn’t Built in Kitchen Cupboards know it. “He’s got a double oven, a speed oven, a Miele espresso maker, a full-size refrigerator, a wine fridge, a dishwasher — and there’s still storage,” Turner says. Here, a corner cabinet hides small appliances when not in use. Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & BathA swing-out shelf makes the most of corner storage.
The concealed door opens to a semi-walk-in pantry."