Remake your kitchen, cheap-cheap!

28 Sep 2009

Still stuck in a tiny kitchen with no room to move? This article shows what a difference some small changes can do to improve your kitchen space and open up a small apartment.

I stumbled across this makeover during one of my late night research sessions and was immediately struck by how many homeowners sit with the same problem: A tiny kitchen that offers no room to move around, no space for dining, and a cramped apartment.

The kitchen remodel was a result of a dire need for a truly functional kitchen. The residence is in an area where apartments, and especially kitchens, tend to be small. So, to maximise on space and create a larger kitchen, the wall that separated the kitchen from the living room was removed to create an open plan look and feel.

Melawood Bodensee Cherry cabinetry with a classic/contemporary look and stainless steel appliances and hardware give the kitchen a look and feel that is timeless. A backsplash of white polished marble and granite countertops complete the look. The addition of recessed ceiling lights and undercabinet lighting create a wonderful balance of light and make the space feel grander. By adding a modern light fixture above the peninsula, the kitchen feels dramatic and sassy. It's an unexpected touch that really adds pizzaz to a small kitchen.

DIY Tip:

- If you are planning to remove any walls within a property, check first that they aren't load-bearing walls. A load-bearing wall supports an additional structure above, which is usually roof beams or a concrete slab. All exterior walls are load-bearing as they support the roof structure or additional levels. If in any doubt consult a structural engineer for advice. When removing load-bearing walls, an additional support structure such as a beam or lintel will need to be added to compensate for the removal of the wall.

- Walls that house electrical and plumbing will require the services of a qualified professional to relocate such services to a new point once the wall is removed.

- If there is sufficient space, allow for a 900mm wide countertop to serve as both a kitchen work space and a dining space. – Janice Anderssen

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