Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUN 2019

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square footage. "I like to stack all of my tall cabinets on one side, allowing the countertop to be on the other side," she explains. For example, in a galley kitchen, the pantry, refrigerator and double oven would be grouped together on one side, and the countertop, uppers and lowers, windows and sinks would be on the other. "That way, you don't have tall cabinets flank- ing the kitchen, which tends to close things up," she offers. Appliance size is also key in the smaller kitchen, designers agree. Stephens notes that, while many small-kitchen clients have a 36" range on their wish list due to the influence of tele- vision cooking shows and such, their actual lifestyle doesn't reflect the need for six burners at one time, and in reality they would prefer that extra counter space. "When working in a smaller footprint, every inch is pre- cious, so I will often recommend smaller appliances like a 30" or even 24" refrigerator," states Kate Roos, owner, Kate Roos Design in Minneapolis, MN. "These smaller refrigerators still offer a lot of space, and less food is wasted. You see what you have and use it." She adds that, depending on the kitchen, the inches saved with these changes can make the difference between having a dishwasher or not. ON THE INSIDE Items that don't have a designated space and are always being moved around add to homeowner stress and the con- cept of clutter, and make a kitchen of limited size feel even smaller than it is. It's one reason why designers are laser focused on cabinet interiors when designing space-chal- lenged kitchens. "Once the layout is confirmed, I pack the cabinets with as many interior organizing accessories as possible to get the clutter off the counter," offers Stephens. "This also officially designates a place for everything, which reduces time and stress when trying to find that spatula or spice." She notes that clients particularly love pull-out base utensil/knife storage, docking drawer charging stations, food storage container organizers, drawer dividers and pull-out cutting board storage. "Food storage is easily handled with a full-depth tall cabinet with roll-out shelves," she continues. "In a medium or large kitchen, the width of that cabinet is typically 30"-36". But smaller kitchens don't have to lose out and can still benefit from an 18"- or 21"-wide cabinet." The first thing Pentic looks for is whether there is a corner cabinet, and if a smart corner solution is needed. In years past, the kidney-shaped pullout for the corner was only available in larger sizes, so clearance had to be a minimum of 18" – a tougher situation for a small kitchen. "This year I'm excited because Hafele came out with a version that only requires a 15" clearance, and it was like Christmas!" she says. "Those 3" sometimes make a big difference, like whether your silverware drawer is 9" or 12". In small kitchens, every inch matters!" "I'm a big fan of pullouts and drawers everywhere, as well as appliance garages," Pentic continues. "If you do have to use When designing in a small space, Nadja Pentic of KNOCKKNOCK takes cabinets to the ceiling for extra storage, and uses ap- pliance garages, blind corner pullouts and drawers as much as possible for optimum functionality. Pentic likes to group tall cabinets and items on one side of the kitchen to keep the space opened up, and incorporates as much storage as possible to keep the space clutter free. Photos: Olga Soboleva June 2019 • 49

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