Christine & Tobias' Green, Compact Brooklyn Kitchen

Small Cool Kitchens 2010 - Own Division

Who cooks here? Christine and Tobias
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Owned or rented? Owned
Kitchen size: 65 square feet

What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? (continued) Our kitchen was a good example of bad design before we renovated. Not only was it ugly, but the cabinets were cheap and made very poor use of the limited space available, and the range abutting the wall meant we could only comfortably (and safely) use two of the four burners. (continued)

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What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? (continued)
Above all, the enormous fridge didn't fit and made the space appear much smaller than it actually is. When we renovated, we installed cabinets that more efficiently make use of the available space, moved the range over to the right, and replaced the fridge with a 24" counter-depth Liebherr (which we love).

What's the story of your kitchen?
In five words, this is our newly renovated, compact "green" kitchen. When planning the design, we aimed to make the best use of our limited space while also sticking to a budget and using green materials and appliances, including the Cambria quartz countertop, cork flooring, Urban Prairie environmentally-friendly cabinets, and energy star appliances. We're very happy with the results!

What is your favorite meal to cook here?
Our favorite is tuna pasta, made with garlic, parsley, capers, green beans and our favorite Sirena Italian-style tuna in oil from Australia. You can't buy it here, so we always stock up when we're back in Melbourne (Christine is from there), or when family and friends send us supplies!

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