What to put in a tiny space in a kitchen? And design questions

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Just a chat, really.

Remodeling a small kitchen and there is a space about a foot wide to put to good use. There is a fridge beside it, with counter to the left. A big, new stainless fridge.  

I can put a floor to ceiling cabinet there but thought maybe a small cabinet above and below a little countertop - as a coffee station perhaps? But then there is another small space to the left of the oven that could be a coffee station. That space is not really big enough for much. 

I am tempted to make up cardboard dummies of what could be there so I could better see it. The refrigerator should not go to the edge of the wall that is there because it then sticks out awkwardly as you enter the kitchen. Hard to explain - I hope you can visualize better than I am describing. There will be an island in there and some additional cabinets on another wall ... a space that was never big enough for a traditional table I think will be perfect with island seating for two.

The other area I am rethinking is the closet in the master bedroom. I had wanted to extend the closet and make it bigger but I don't know if it's possible at this stage. Still, I think buyers might expect something like that in the biggest bedroom. 

I am ... just thinking of design elements I hadn't considered before.

If you have any suggestions of websites or places to look for ideas, just point me in that direction.

Thanks.

 

 

 

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We just finished a kitchen remodel last June so I am attaching some photos that may give you some ideas. We didn't replace any appliances but redid the cupboards and repainted.

As others have mentioned, storage for sheet pans, muffin tins and cutting boards is essential. Mine is in the pink island just visible in one of the pix. The lower space in your one foot section could be ideal for those. Since the space is narrow you could make the storage area double decker, store the sheet pans, etc. on their sides and get twice the storage under there. A shallow drawer or two rather than a a second level of sheet pan storage could hold spices (see my photo). One deep drawer instead could store kitchen towels or pyrex storage ware or Tupperware.

I had a pullout put in the lower cabinet to the right of the stove and store oils and frequently used ingredients for cooking in the top and commercial size foil and gallon baggies in the bottom.

I agree that the counter space above is a nice place for a coffee station or even a panini grill. The cabinet above could be either open storage (see mine just to the left of the sink) or with a door depending on whether or not a door will interfere with the space. You could then store coffee, tea, teapots, etc. above the coffee maker. I have a 14" space that I use for a cappuccino machine with espresso cup storage above (see photo to the right of the sink).

I had deep cabinets built over the refrigerator and it has been a godsend for space to store pans that I don't use everyday but still need, like roasting pans, specialized bakeware and seasonal items.

I have been pleased with the results but I know it is a long anguishing road making decisions you will have to live and work with in years to come. The mess and living without a kitchen is torture but well worth it all in the end. We had just ripped out the master bath and bedroom the year before. My husband swore we would never do another thing to the house after these two projects...fast forward to this year: we are closing in the end of the covered porch off the master bedroom to make a sitting room for a getaway spot from guests. LOL 

Good luck! wink

 

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Do you know where you will put your cookie sheets and trays?   Long upright storage is a luxury.

A pull out pantry is cool, too.  But if it is below counter height, it's not ideal.   easier to find food when it is closer to eye level.

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Thank you

Nothing is in the kitchen yet. Just the appliances. So I have time before putting in the 'big order' . I am meeting with the free kitchen design team next week I think. The painting needs to get done first. The whole house is in disarray right now but I know it will be great. Eventually Smiling 

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For the closet in the Master Bedroom - do it with organizers - 2 levels of hanger bars for shirts, blouses, jackets and another on the other side (if big enough) for dresses and suits.

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When I replaced my 40 inch stove with a 30 inch, I had a 10 inch gap. It had to be filled. So I contacted the kid that did my tea hutch and other stuff and this is what he made for me. (He did one of this for his Mom next to her fridge and she has all her spices in it - I think hers is about 4 or 5 inches wide and as high as the fridge.)

The 10 inch gap

The 10 inch gap. He gave me a piece of his Grandfather's butcher block from the farm butcher shop for the top. Another cutting board.

It pulls out

Glides easily

2 shelves

the shelves are as deep as the stove and hold a LOT of stuff used often for cooking.

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gillumhouse wrote:

I had a 10 inch gap. 

I love this drawer, a spring project is to make a drawer(s) like this that will fit behind the TV and slide out on either side holding CD's and DVD's

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Under counter, pull out cookie sheet holder? Pull out spice rack? Trash or recycle basket? (We have about 9" between our bathroom counter and the wall. We shoved the laundry basket in there. Perfect location.)

Between fridge and wall - storage for broom and mop? Hanging on wall? Built in?

I have a cabinet that's about 12" wide where I store cutting boards.

Open shelves for coffee mugs or cook books?

If you've already installed the countertop, you can get a slab of some different material for this. As long as it's the same height as the rest of the counter. Butcher block or granite leftovers should be cheap.

Maybe take a picture and post it for more ideas.

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