In this renovation of a small galley kitchen, we removed only the materials that absolutely needed to go: moldy drywall, broken cabinetry, broken light fixtures, and old appliances. The existing large slabs of marble flooring, ceiling beams, and infrastructure remained. Old appliances were donated or recycled. Crumbly brick was covered with new, insulated stud walls. New cabinetry was made locally in Chicago. Low-VOC paint and LED lighting were utilized.
When the owners requested a solution featuring bold color and pattern, this condominium kitchen renovation became an opportunity to transcend basic finish upgrades and marginal workflow improvements.
The tight space demanded simplicity and visual clarity, so the design approach favored appliances clad in cabinet panels, a kitchen exhaust hood concealed within cabinetry and tight-tolerance flush cabinet doors. Custom fabricated cabinetry allowed for fine-tuning of dimensions to accommodate a larger cooktop and conceal a small microwave.
The result is a green and white color-blocked kitchen, rich in function and full of visual texture. Cabinetry wraps all four sides of the narrow room, layering different depths and colors throughout. A dark leafy green ties together the built-in refrigerator, base cabinetry and dining bench. White cabinetry mounted high on the north and west walls stretches to the ceiling and is accessible from a library ladder. An oak cap extends the datum-line established by the ladder rail across the adjacent white-paneled walls. Two existing windows flood the modest space with southern light. Honed marble countertops were selected to match the existing marble floor, while natural oak hardware, library ladder and cap provides warm accents.
Little Green Kitchen is a sensory delight: not only home to delicious food, but visually fresh, invigorating, and balanced.