Making a smaller space as useful as possible requires a creative approach. When the owner of this Memorial Drive condo in Cambridge called upon Divine to update and renovate this home, the design team wanted to create a space that was not only visually appealing, but one that made best use of the available space. To do this, the team started from square one, gutting the interior back to the walls, replacing the outdated plaster and insulation for a new start. With that fresh canvas, Divine was able to completely modernize the home and make every square foot count.
Previous to the renovation, the sitting area had been closed off from the kitchen with a wall. Opening the two spaces allowed the Divine team to create a thoughtful layout that served three needs: meal prep, entertainment, and study. An L-shaped countertop housed everything needed to create great meals in the kitchen, while a peninsula created seating area for meals and more.
Housing the built-in study within the kitchen made excellent use of a space that might have otherwise gone underused. The comfortable, light-filled study area was incorporated into far side of the peninsula, with desk space and open shelving for a small library and display. The grey open shelves delineate the built-in study from the rest of the kitchen area, and allow someone to comfortably work even while kitchen prep or meals are underway.
Glossy Leicht cabinets in two tones were selected to give the space a cool, modern feel, while reflecting all the available light from the bank of windows along the wall. The grey upper cabinets and open shelving are nicely complemented by other grey accents in the space, such as the bar seating, accessories, and living room textiles. White lower cabinetry and walls provide an airy, clean feeling. To anchor the modern European design, a dark chocolate stain was selected for the hardwood floors.
By taking a floor to ceiling approach with this small kitchen design, Divine was able to give the owner all the storage and function they could want, without sacrificing the flow and feeling of the kitchen. To create more storage and improve the flow of the prep area, a wall oven and speed oven were housed within a larger wall of storage. This well-planned small kitchen design approach allowed a pantry, two ovens, and a discreetly integrated refrigerator to share a relatively small space, while leaving plenty of room for cabinetry to house every day essentials. An entertainment center in the living room was created using the same grey cabinetry, uniting the look of the space while defining the two areas. The placement of the entertainment center allows visitors and the owner to enjoy a show from anywhere in the space.
One of the most innovative selections in the design was the slim, pull-out hood vent. Selecting a high-efficiency vent gave ample ventilation for preparing meals, while allowing a full-sized cabinet over the range. This pull-out hood vent can be tucked away when not in use. This clever combination preserved precious storage space that would have been lost with a traditional half-cabinet and vent hood combination.
To further create a spacious look for the kitchen, the countertop material was also used to finish the backsplash. Doing so allowed a clean, more open look that blends easily into the rest of the space. It also provided an easy cleaning for the prep areas.
"You were there from start to finish, listening to our needs, transforming those to a kitchen concept and design that captured those requirements and then ensuring execution of these plans, making them come to life!
You demonstrated a true understanding of your craft — your ideas were inventive, fresh and complemented the space we had to work with. All of these things are testimony to your professionalism, knowledge, skill creativity and most important, customer satisfaction."
- K.G. Newton, MA