1 The kitchen in my guest house apartment was ready for a change. I wanted to replace the stark white cabinetry and dated appliances with more modern and more functional pieces using my line of Martha Stewart Living kitchens at The Home Depot. http://www.homedepot.com/MSLKitchens
2 This area is opposite the kitchen. The entire space was not that large, so it was very important to maximize as much of it as possible. This small table and chairs would be replaced by stools at the new island.
3 I also wanted to include a kitchen office - this was the perfect space for it.
4 The refrigerator was removed, and so were the old, upper cabinets and microwave. The space was just about ready for all the work to really begin. In the end, I wanted a more open, more organized feel.
5 Once the remainder of the old kitchen was gone, instructional diagrams were taped to the wall to ensure everyone working on the project knew what was planned. The proper holes for any electrical wires and boxes were also created.
6 These diagrams showed what cabinetry would be affixed to the walls, with important measurements and notes.
7 This was a closeup of the lower wall behind the old cabinetry. Any additional plumbing and electrical modifications for the new cabinetry and hook-ups were made.
8 For this space, we installed base cabinets that extended the entire length of the wall. Because the apartment was meant for short term use, I decided to eliminate the full-sized refrigerator and opt for refrigeration drawers instead.
9 I wanted the island to provide as much prep space as possible, but I also wanted it to have enough room for countertop eating.
10 In all my kitchens, I always include a small desk space and message center. In this room, a simple desk with one bank of drawers on one side and square island legs on the other keep it visually lighter and still very efficient.
12 Once the base cabinetry was installed, it was properly measured for the countertop surfaces.
13 This was done using laser products.
14 The laser equipment was connected to the tablet, so all measurements would transfer directly to a document - technology has made this process so much easier, and so much more accurate.
15 My property director, Michael Fiore, went over details with the crew to ensure all the specifications were carried through properly. To know what to expect out of a kitchen remodel, go to my web site. http://www.marthastewart.com/1013701/kitchen-remodel-timeline#Kitchen%20Remodel%20Basics|/1013708/kitchen-remodel-considerations/@center/277007/kitchen-design|1013701
16 The countertops are part of the Martha Stewart Living Viatera Quartz Collection at The Home Depot. This style is called "Snowcap". The upper cabinets were extended all the way to the ceiling, and finished with simple crown molding. The cabinets were also fitted with glass front doors to make them visually lighter.
17 The upper cabinets were mounted a bit higher than standard ones - 22-inches above the countertop versus 18-inches. We then installed a shelf with corbels underneath them for frequently used items.
18 The island was placed three-feet from the counter to provide ample room for working in between the two. The island counter measures seven-feet long by three-feet wide.
19 Each of the base cabinets had special functions. This one is a trash pull-out with the garbage receptacle in front, and space to store bags and cleaning supplies behind it.
20 In front of the sink is a tilt-out drawer for sponges, nail brushes, bottle brushes, etc.
21 And, underneath the sink is a cabinet designed with a "CabMat" to protect the inside from any potential leaks.
22 The "CabMat" filled the entire space under the sink, and has raised grooves to keep items dry if necessary.
23 These four drawers are durable and have the soft-close feature, so fingers don't get slammed.
24 The top drawer has a tiered divider for cutlery and other utensils.
25 Under the cooktop, two deep drawers for pots, pans, plates, etc. I really wanted to make the most of the space without compromising the sleek design of the room.
26 This bottom drawer was equipped with a pegged dish organizer for bulky bowls and plates.
27 And this base cabinet is a roll-out tray organizer to store all the necessary cookie sheets for all that holiday baking!
28 To help maximize the storage even more, these base cabinet doors were designed to have shelving for additional spices, or condiments, etc.
29 It's called a "SuperCabinet" and is located underneath the island. It includes roll tray features, and wire pull-outs to make it easier to find exactly what's needed.
30 This space was designed to house the combination microwave and oven.
31 The countertop was widened to allow enough overhang for counter dining. This area was enough for three to four stools.
32 A key difference between this kitchen and the previous one included the addition of this island, which made much better use of the middle of the room, don't you think?
33 The other difference was the additional kitchen office with a set of upper cabinets for storage - the cabinetry and desk top matched the kitchen materials seamlessly.
34 More open shelving with decorative corbels were placed between the two windows directly opposite the kitchen area - it helped unify the space and offered a perfect spot for displaying cookbooks.
35 These were the refrigeration drawers planned for the island - just the right size for this apartment.
36 The space looked so clean, and yet functional. The renovation process began in late January, and was completed in June.
38 With four well-sized windows, the kitchen gets a lot of light. It was important to design the area, so cooking could be done while enjoying the beautiful views of my farm.
40 These slab doors are one of two new door styles.
41 Everything was designed to function as efficiently as possible, so everything needed to prepare meals was well within reach.
42 The focus was on making the best use of space, and offering the best storage solutions, especially where space was limited.
43 Using a pegged board style kept dishes safe from hitting each other, and in place, until they were needed.
44 Cookie sheets, muffin tins, and cooling racks - all stored neatly in one place, and not piled under a heavy stack of pots.
45 The special toe kick drawer is a very good use of typically unused space. Shallow serving trays could be stored out of the way.