Remove a Wall to Enlarge the Kitchen
Designed by Susan Smart, SieMatic, New York, N.Y.
- Initial Budget: $50,000.
Final Cost: $69,250 (cabinetry and cabinet installation). The cost of the kitchen increased by nearly $20,000 when the client selected a different, more expensive style of cabinetry and added a butcher-block countertop. The clients chose not to relocate the kitchen to the home office area because of the expense and difficulty of moving plumbing, electrical and gas lines.
Open up the small kitchen, which was adjacent to a large, dark, unused living room
Possibly move the kitchen to the space used as a home office, which featured cathedral ceilings
Keep the space full of light
Create a kitchen with room to cook and entertain friends
Developed a floor plan that expanded the kitchen's footprint without completely relocating it
Took down a wall between the kitchen and living room
Opened a doorway between the living room and home office
Built a banquette with a farm table for meals in the former kitchen
Moved the cooking, cleanup and prep areas of the kitchen into the former living room
Turned the former office into a formal dining room
Installed a seating area by the windows for reading the paper in the morning.
Designed an island to create a division between cooking and living areas.
Cabinets: Cherry cabinets (on the island) and white painted cabinets (on the perimeter) from the SieMatic Hudson Valley Collection
Appliances: Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf range and hood
Countertops: SieMatic butcher block and honed black granite