A Galley Kitchen Remodel

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It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. As a young woman who loves to cook, the kitchen was a critical part of my condo remodel.

Redesigning the Galley Kitchen

The condo’s existing galley kitchen was completely redesigned to feel larger and function more efficiently. Since there was minimal amount of room to work with, we removed the hall closet (which backed up to the kitchen) and repurposed this space for the fridge (Distinctive 36″ Counter-Depth Refrigerator). By moving the fridge to the middle of the kitchen — across from the stove and sink — we created a ‘work triangle’ to make a more functional kitchen workspace. The “work triangle” is defined by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as an imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink, to the center of the cooktop, to the center of the refrigerator, and finally back to the sink. Designers say efficiency is the triangle’s main goal, as it keeps all the major work stations close together and near the cook, with unobstructed access.
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Image: National Kitchen and Bath Association, kitchen triangle

By removing the original double oven at the end of the counter and creating a matching waterfall edge marble bar, the kitchen feels more expansive. The dated electric stove was replaced with a state-of-the-art glass 30″ Dacor Electric Cooktop next to the undermount single bowl stainless steel sink, allowing the counter to flow seamlessly.  The single wall ovenwarming drawer and microwave were installed in an efficient stack configuration where the original fridge had been. Doing so freed up even more counter space, and with a light and bright color scheme, the space now appears much larger. White carrara marble countertops were added along with a featured mini-chevron tile backsplash.  A Dacor vent hood floats unobtrusively between the cabinets which were painted a pristine white. Simple Kohler hardware in brushed metal was used to match the appliances.

I’m still a couple of weeks out from move-in day, but with this beautiful and functional kitchen, I’m chomping at the bit and can’t wait to start cooking!

Before and After Progress Shots

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