Small Kitchen Remodel
Yellow Kitchen Combines Traditional, Contemporary Styles
A whimsical blend of styles characterizes the small kitchen in this Brooklyn, N.Y., townhouse. Traditional architecture is emphasized with Corinthian columns, appliques and an ornate ceiling medallion, while a contemporay pendant lamp and sleek finishes add a contemporary touch.
When New York architect Ben Herzog needed to redo his kitchen, he turned to himself. Who knows the space better, right?
Ben shares his story about this townhouse kitchen makeover and what he loves about the design – and what he wishes he'd done differently.
What was your wish list for this design?
We wanted a nice, roomy kitchen where people could hang out while we cooked. We also wanted a deck off of the kitchen, both to increase our living space and to let in light.
Small But Functional
This may be a small kitchen, but it’s big on style and workspace. In addition to the counters on either side of the stove, the island houses the sink and more workspace. Photography by Marco Valencia
Dining Room Spiff-Up
The old dining room got a redo, too, opening up sightlines to the living room and the windows beyond. Photography by Marco Valencia
Cozy and Spacious
This dining room acts as both a stopping point for a meal and a pass-through from kitchen to living area. The rug defines the space while the smaller table leaves plenty of room to walk. Photography by Marco Valencia
What was your single biggest issue in this makeover?
Designing and installing the range hood was more convoluted and difficult than I anticipated. In retrospect, I wouldn't have bothered with the time or expense, since I rarely run it.
What was your biggest obstacle?
The columns! They're beautiful, but working around them made the space difficult to plan.
What’s one design tip you’d offer our readers?
If I had it to do over, I would have opened the rear masonry wall to let more light in. I didn’t want to spend the money then but now I think I would.
What was your favorite “surprise” of this design job?
We put a cubby in a 6"-wide space next to the sink for paper towels and cutting boards. It’s been really useful.