Look Up! A Kitchen With a Ladder (and More Storage)

A ladder in the kitchen? We've dreamed of a library lined with bookshelves and a sliding ladder, but we never thought about a ladder in the kitchen. But that turned out to be exactly the right solution for this small, but tall, Edwardian kitchen.

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The owners of this Edwardian home in San Francisco needed to improve their small kitchen; it had been fitfully, badly updated in the 70s, and was awkwardly arranged. But they didn't want to make sweeping modern changes; they wanted to keep as much of the original character as possible.

So instead of drastically changing the kitchen's footprint, they kept the kitchen very close to how it was, but they looked up for storage. The 13-foot ceilings allowed them to create storage for many kitchen tools and cookbooks above the main area, and they installed a sliding ladder for access. The ladder slides off to the side when not in use, tucked next to the new bay window and windowseat.

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We love this small, pleasant kitchen, and the ladder makes it feel like our dream library too!

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