Smallest Coolest Kitchen 2007 Entry #14: Heather's Sleek Modern

Name: Heather
Location: St. George, Staten Island, NYC
Size & Type: 52 square feet in a co-op

Favorite resource: Because of budget constraints we thought we would have to use IKEA cabinets. We didn't like the quality of the IKEA cabinets but...

Inspiration: We renovated our galley kitchen 5 months ago. It originally had builder's quality materials from the 1980's Formica countertops, white ceramic tile floor (icky white grout,) cheap appliances and laminate cabinets...

Favorite resource, continued: ... I really wanted to use granite countertops, which can eat up a large chunk of a kitchen budget. Our favorite source turned out to be our contractor. He was able to find us solid wood cabinets through a wholesaler he works with and they ended up costing us less than IKEA cabinets.

Inspiration, continued: We were inspired by a clean, modern aesthetic and wanted to make use of every inch of space but also had to work with a limited budget. With a lot of careful measuring and by relocating the stove, we ended up with more cabinet and floor space, additional counterspace, a pass-through window into the living room, a wine fridge, a granite breakfast bar and overall a more efficient kitchen.

Tip: Use dimmers! We put our main overhead light and the new recessed lighting in the pass-through on dimmers. They save electricity and give you lighting options for different occasions.

- Heather