Sky Blue Dream

Cramped galley kitchen becomes bright & functional family cooking center

Before & Afters

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Project Details

This family had a cute, older home in a neighborhood and area they loved. The kitchen, however, was dreary, cramped, old and crowded. No matter how clean it was, it still felt dark and cramped. They knew they wanted to stay, but it was time to create a kitchen that made cooking, family time and holidays easier and more enjoyable.

The biggest challenge for this remodel was solving the flow and function problems of the kitchen, while working within the existing, small galley space already in the home. An addition was not possible, nor was rearranging things and changing the layout of the home. The room was not wide enough to put in an island, and extending out towards the yard wasn’t an option either, due to budget constraints. We had to work within the space we had.

We needed to think creatively, and rethink the shape of the current kitchen. Windows were moved, and walls were moved, to help maximize the space we had.

The final kitchen design choices were made by creating “work zones” – arranging the kitchen based on the different types of activities. 

The refrigerator and pantry were consolidated into one area, keeping storage together. This allowed us to add in the long sink and create more useable counter space. (Had we put these larger components of the kitchen elsewhere, it would have chopped up the work spaces both visually and functionally.)

We were then able to create a second work area, with even more prep space and counter space, and lots of storage above. A beverage fridge was added, along with other fun features such as a touch-less faucet, pull-out recycling & garbage, custom cabinetry and under-cabinet lighting.

The light blue color and glass doors in the upper cabinets help brighten and light the room, and the new, modern appliances help give the kitchen a fresh, updated look.

This family loves their new kitchen. They can all cook together now, and friends can come over and hang out while someone is in the kitchen cooking. Clean-up and organization are a breeze with all of the new storage options, and the new, modern features are both fun and functional. Everyone in the house, including the dog, is more than happy with the final results, and they all simply just love being in their new space.