Less is more in our compact kitchen

I’m not a kitchen designer, but I play one on my blog diywithadd.  I’m excited to guest post on brooklynlimestone because Stefanie’s blog was an inspiration to me when I was planning my own renovation, especially the photos of her gorgeous kitchen.  Like many a would-be Renovationista, my kitchen dreams were constrained by some serious space and budget realities.  Design compromises were made, but in the end (hallelujah, we made it to the end!) my husband, Scott, and I love cooking in our cozy new kitchen.   What follows are some small kitchen design ideas that worked for us and I’d love to hear what has worked for you.

Because we opted not to move the 75 sq. ft. galley kitchen in our Brooklyn brownstone apartment, it didn’t get much bigger.  But it did get taller when we raised the ceiling and built our cabinets sky high for extra storage. And it got cleaner when we opted to paint the shaker cabinets white and to keep the overall color palette muted.   It’s definitely brighter since we swapped out the old door to our deck for a single pane glass one.  It even feels wider because we replaced a chunky old clunker of a fridge with a sleek counter-depth model.

I designed our kitchen around a few relaxed and retro elements that Scott and I both knew we wanted, like a fireclay apron front sink, bracketed shelving, a satin nickel bridge faucet and cleft slate countertops.  I took a “less is more” approach with the rest of the design so that these key pieces could stand out in the small space.

Our cabinets and hardware, for example, are deliberately simple. We chose custom panels for our appliances so that they would disappear into the cabinet wall.  We took a pass on the professional hood trend (which I think can look great in larger kitchens) and instead installed a discreet but powerful exhaust fan in the ceiling above our new range.  We even tucked the microwave under the counter in order to keep the eye level lines clean and unbroken.

Of course, a tight budget informed some of our decisions. Custom paneled appliances were a splurge that didn’t leave money left over for fancy tile work, so we painted the century-old brick exterior wall rather than adding a backsplash.  The flooring is the same vintage wide-plank pine that we installed throughout our apartment.

You can click to see our kitchen floor plan and to get links to the appliances that (thankfully!) work really well in our small space.   Our simple, efficient and compact kitchen design suits us, but I’m curious about what has worked well for other kitchen remodelers.  A friend just asked me to redesign her Brooklyn kitchen, so I’ll be blogging more small space ideas soon on diywithadd.

 

All You Need To Know About Apartments For Rent In Calgary

The population in Calgary is estimated to be 1.2 million which means that this city has a high number of apartments as compared to other cities in Canada. Developers have also been up and about trying to meet the growing demand for apartments for rent in Calgary. This means that families can now pick from different varieties of apartments for rent.

It is possible to get confused when looking for the right house. This is why it is advisable that a customer finds details about different apartments on sites available. From websites, customers will find it more efficient when it comes to viewing the details about rent, bedrooms, the basic amenities and the distance to crucial places like schools, hospitals, shopping malls, restaurants, transport and nightlife.

With a total of 34,904 units in the city, it is easy to get rentals at affordable rents. The good thing about the apartments is that rent is not fixed. This means that it may go down depending on how hard a customer negotiates with the help of an agency. Most apartments in Calgary offer ample spaces including parking facilities.

However, it is important to understand that customers who are looking for rentals with luxury amenities, they will be forced to pay more. More communities in the city will offer large garden tubs and covered parking. Before settling for a particular apartment, apart from just considering the size, check out prices, community location and the basic amenities.

The good thing about estate sites is that they give searchers up to date information about various vacant homes. The services of apartment locators will also help a home seeker get the right rental. It is also possible to get necessary information about neighborhood communities. For locators to work efficiently, you will have to give your preference and price details to locators. With the help of locators, finding the right Calgary apartment has become a walk in the park. Make use of such tools to have an easy time looking for your next home.

Cost of living in Calgary is also low as compared to other cities in Canada. There are also many neighborhood suburbs and one can enjoy the great life of this city. Certain areas are a bit costly and only fit for affluent people. These areas have super luxury facilities. However, there are also great homes for middle and low income earners.

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