Kitchen Under $70,000
Remove a Wall to Enlarge the Kitchen
Designed by Susan Smart, SieMatic, New York, NY.
Initial Budget: $50,000.
Final Cost: $69,250 (cabinetry and cabinet installation). The cost of the kitchen increased by nearly $20,000 when the client selected a different, more expensive style of cabinetry and added a butcher-block countertop. The clients chose not to relocate the kitchen to the home office area because of the expense and difficulty of moving plumbing, electrical and gas lines.
- Open up the small kitchen, which was adjacent to a large, dark, unused living room.
- Possibly move the kitchen to the space used as a home office, which featured cathedral ceilings.
- Keep the space full of light.
- Create a kitchen with room to cook and entertain friends.
- Developed a floor plan that expanded the kitchen's footprint without completely relocating it.
- Took down a wall between the kitchen and living room.
- Opened a doorway between the living room and home office.
- Built a banquette with a farm table for meals in the former kitchen.
- Moved the cooking, cleanup and prep areas of the kitchen into the former living room.Turned the former office into a formal dining room.
- Installed a seating area by the windows for reading the paper in the morning.
- Designed an island to create a division between cooking and living areas.
Cabinets: Cherry cabinets (on the island) and white painted cabinets (on the perimeter) from the SieMatic Hudson Valley Collection
Appliances: Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf range and hood
Countertops: SieMatic butcher block and honed black granite