We start with a long and narrow U shaped kitchen in Morro Bay. It has an octagonal fixed window at the very end of the room that is full of character. The homeowners had begun a remodel of the kitchen but had faltered part way through. One thing they did was to break open the main wall to the living room making the kitchen feel bigger – a good start. However, in doing this they removed some of the wall cabinets leaving an unfinished end and they tried moving a bank of drawers to below the opening (connecting it to the existing cabinets with just blue tape and leaving more unfinished ends exposed!) At this point they got frustrated and stopped. Poor sad kitchen!
Other troubles with the kitchen included a lack of functional storage, old cabinets that really weren’t worth saving, an out-of-date dishwasher, and a deep refrigerator infringing on the narrow walkway into the room.
Then San Luis Kitchen got a hold of the job! We liked the homeowners’s idea of opening the kitchen to the living room – so we framed out the opening providing a header, a post at the end and a sill for a finished look. The lady of the house wanted a small space to sit, both to organize her recipes and for when her best friend comes to visit – we added a single seat desk at the end of the cabinet run. Next we increased the width (& height) of the remaining wall cabinets on that side of the room by taking advantage of all the space available (making sure all ends were finished appropriately.) Then we added six banks of drawers (3 for utensils or whatnot and 6 deep ones for pot and pan storage) and a narrow cabinet for trays, cookie sheets and cutting boards.
The octagon window remains as a unique focal point – we encouraged the homeowner to add blinds to the functional window over the sink to downplay its impact on the visual field. A new stainless steel dishwasher was purchased and we added swing-out shelves to access the blind corner beside it. We updated the microwave hood and range, adding taller upper cabinets for greater storage space and a granite full height splash for the cook. To the right of the range we place more deep drawers and to the left we slipped in a double pull-out trash cabinet. The homeowner agreed that a built-in refrigerator was the way to go as it sits flush with the cabinets, leaving an unobstructed walkway. Next to the fridge we tucked a tall pull-out pantry for handy storage.
At San Luis Kitchen we enjoy the challenge of working with small and unique spaces. It’s great fun to pack lots of storage and convenience items into a small space and flabbergast the homeowners with how easy to use their kitchen has become. Often we hear that people end up with an empty drawer or two – what a wonderful opportunity to go shopping for new stuff. Hee hee!
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