“Footprint” Layout With Some Tweaks
Contacting CliqStudios, the clients partnered with kitchen designer Carrie Rosen, who advised them on their color choices and sent them cabinet samples. They were impressed by the quality and eventually decided on a raised-panel door with a light-gray finish: CliqStudios’ Cambridge door in Urban Stone.
In what designers call a “footprint kitchen”, the new kitchen design largely preserved the exiting layout. However, Carrie optimized the layout with a few tweaks. She moved the microwave above the range and placed the refrigerator at edge of the cabinetry row, encasing it with panels for a built-in look. She also increased the size of the wall cabinets from 30” to 36” high, added a decorative crown molding, and found a few extra inches to increase the size of the sink.
But Carrie called her clients with some bad news. “Some of the things they wanted I told them that they didn’t have space for,” she explained. “A lazy susan, for example.”
When the kitchen design perfectly matches the wishes of the client, everyone’s happy. But sometimes, Carrie said, she has to mentor clients through spatial limitations and design trade-offs.
It was disappointing news, but not overly so. After about three weeks of deliberating, the clients closed the deal on their new house and placed their order for cabinets.