Design Trumps Square Footage

Good kitchen design doesn’t rely on massive square footage. A functional and efficient kitchen can be created out of even the most compact space with a little creativity and knowledge.

Lauren and David White downsized from their large family home to a smaller condo once the kids had flown the nest. This can be a tough transition but the White’s were fortunate to quickly find their new home. “We knew as soon as we walked in” Lauren told us, “We made an offer that day!”

Soapstone Countertops and Sink

While the new house, located in the Boston Northshore town of Beverly, MA, had many great features (ocean view from the living room!) It also had some spaces in need of changes and updates – the kitchen was definitely one of those areas. “I was concerned that we would be stuck with a kitchen that would be difficult to work in simply because it’s a small space” Lauren said. In fact, when they first met with JF Principal and head of design Matthew Lord, the Whites were almost resigned to the fact that they would have to make some serious compromises in the functionality of their kitchen. Jewett Farms + Co. would change all that.

Lauren and David met with Matthew to discuss their kitchen needs; the way they worked in the space and what they wanted out of their new kitchen. That was then translated into an efficient design that utilized the available space and maintained the historic feel of the kitchen. “I was thinking we had to rip the original pantry right out” said Lauren, “But Matt convinced me that the original bead board and woodwork would complement the new cabinetry without taking away functional space. He was right!”

Soapstone and White Custom Cabinetry RemodelHistoric Kitchen Makeover Beverly Massachusetts

The large island with a slide in gas range creates both countertop and entertaining space, with a comfortable overhang for seating. The island front is bead board which echoes the woodwork in the original pantry area. On the work side of the island are storage drawers and a custom designed double sided pullout, one side for spices and the other side for sheet trays and cutting board storage.

The island countertop and the perimeter countertops are Brazilian Barroca Soapstone which Lauren oils regularly to keep them a deep black with thin white veins. Matching Barroca tiles were cut to create a large subway tile backsplash that extends to the bottom of the upper cabinets.

Custom Cabinetry Refrigerator Built InCustom Spice Pullout

The simple flat recessed panel cabinet doors are subtle and elegant. They bring a sense of continuity that seems to enlarge the space, from the dishwasher panels to the large refrigerator panels even the extra cabinet space and radiator cover – they feel uniform and unobtrusive in the kitchen.

Lauren and David’s house perfectly reflects the benefits of smart design. While the rise in popularity of warehouse sized kitchens continues to grow, we are spreading the gospel of the small space!