This Old House is not usually the first resource we turn to for small-space tips and ideas. We usually associate it with big rambling houses and expensive renovations. But this may be a mistake; many of the older homes they feature have small kitchens, and there are some treasures in their archives for those of us in older, smaller spaces.
Here are five small(er) kitchens from their archives. Not every kitchen is tiny, but they are all modestly-sized and very inspiring. • Cottage Kitchen - Part of a cottage renovation in Concord, Massachusetts. This kitchen is compact and well-proportioned, and it shows off clever space-saving design like the angled drawer by the stove.
• Functional Form - There doesn't look to be much storage in this small kitchen, but it feels open and uncluttered. The concrete countertops include a built-in knife block and drain board.
• Big Personality - The owner of this kitchen repurposed her grandmother's furniture into built-in cupboards for her 11x12 kitchen. We love the rich color and tin ceiling.
• Looks and Brains - This kitchen makes great use of odd spaces, like the wire storage in the slot to the left of the stove, and the small pull drawers under the upper shelves. They give closed storage while still letting the upper areas feel open, and they have the added bonus of looking like charming library drawers. And that blackboard over the stove - that's different!
• A Chef's Galley Kitchen - Manhattan chef Michael Lomonaco's renovation reads like a playbook of all the best things you can do to optimize a small NYC kitchen. Check out the deep drawers, folding stepstool, and pull-out pantry.
Related: Kitchen Spotlight: Open Storage in Small Kitchens
(Images: Joshua McHugh for TOH; Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn for TOH; Eric Piasecki for TOH; Mike Huibregtse for TOH; Alexandra Rowley for TOH)