You don’t need to feel frustrated with your small kitchen. Afterall if it possible to make a kitchen functional and elegant on a sail or motor boat then it can certainly be done in your house. Your kitchen space is probably not as small as you think it is. You may think it’s impossible to fit everything you feel you need for a functioning kitchen in such a small space, especially if it does not function now. We get it. We have done dozens of designs for small kitchens it is a fun challenge. More important our in house craftsmen have been remodeling small kitchens for many years.
As you might imagine, one of the most important factors of kitchen designs for small kitchens is the size of the kitchen’s appliances. This is true from both an aesthetic design standpoint (if the appliances are disproportionately large the kitchen will look unbalanced) and from a functional design one (large appliances often eat up precious space in small kitchens). At Signature KAB we feature several manufacturers who have designed appliances specifically for small kitchens. For example, we recently designed three small kitchens on Florida Ave. NW in Washington, D.C. (Pictures of the work are posted at the top of this page.) The small kitchen remodels included a 24”-wide base oven, the Fagor 5HA-200LX, and a 27”-wide five-element gas cooktop, the Fagor 3FIA-5GLSTX. These small appliances were designed for small kitchens and were put to excellent use in our kitchen designs.
The standard size refrigerator for most American manufacturers measures approximately 30″x33″x36″. At this size, refrigerators are more than overbearing in most small kitchen remodels. In most of our small kitchen designs we like to use Fagor’s stainless steel 3FCA-68NFX. This remarkably slim refrigerator measures 24″x24″x79″. We also sometimes install slim refrigerators designed by Gaggenau and Northland – the Northland line goes all the way down to 18″ wide! As for dishwashers, you might have resigned yourself to not having space for one in your small kitchen, but there are slim versions of these appliances as well. We like the 18″ GE PDW1860NSS for its space saving yet attractive profile.
The first cabinet to look for, the one you can’t do without, is the sink base. When designing small kitchens we look for the deepest, largest sink base that can fit into a 24″-27″ cabinet, preferably with a high gooseneck faucet (to better utilize the vertical space) and enough space for a fairly large pot.
Next we have to find a hood to move the cooking fumes out of the kitchen that, ideally, measures no wider than the 24″ allocated to the oven beneath it. We like to use Medallion cabinets for these small kitchen remodels because of their fantastic custom hood program (a Medallion small kitchen hood is pictured above). LG also makes an over-the-range microwave that exhausts the fumes from underneath to an exterior vent the same way larger models do.
Have you been keeping track of the number of inches we’ve freed in your small kitchen so far? We’ve saved, by just using smaller appliances, 18″-24″. Now that we’ve saved those inches, we can spend them! Have you dreamed of having a pantry cabinet in your small kitchen? How’s a 9″x96″ pantry pull-out sound? It can hold plenty of dry goods and it lets you pull out its entire contents for review at any time. In our small kitchen designs we’ve also made great use of 6″-wide wine cubes, 3″x6″ spice drawers, and 12″-wide base and wall cabinet pull-out pantries. You can even get an in-cabinet trashcan fitted into a 15″-wide base. These thin, specific-use cabinets lend both style and function to small kitchens. There are plenty of small kitchen design solutions out there that put your space to full use. For example, a blind corner base pull-out will hold almost twice as many things as a similarly-sized Lazy Susan. On the other hand, a Lazy Susan corner wall cabinet will allow you to reach those items that might otherwise be lost forever on the top shelves. We’ve come up with solutions to all the small kitchen design problems you can think of, so don’t worry that your small kitchen is hopeless!
Each of our designers have had specialized training in Kitchen Design through NKBA, SEN or ASID, not only in style and structure, but in function and arrangement as well. Unlike many Kitchen and Bath companies, we are not a retail store. We are a design, build, and remodeling company, a licensed contractor in Maryland, The District of Columbia and Virginia. So whether you live in DC, Bethesda, Potomac, Olney, Silver Spring, Woodley Park, Adams Morgan Capitol Hill or anywhere else in the region, Signature KAB can design a Great kitchen, addition, or bath for your home. Not only that, but we can also develop permit-able drawings, process the plans to permit, move the walls, floors and ceilings, install lighting, plumbing, tile, and floor. We can even build the house for you if you would like! So give us a call at: 301.251.1880. You can also email the owner, Gary Case, at Gcase@signaturekab.com.