Making the Most of a Small Kitchen

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Dear Moss Building & Design,

I have a small kitchen and no budget for a bump-out or addition. How do you suggest I make the most of my space? Can a remodel really help me?

Dear Dulles Mom,

The industry describes a 10 x 10 footprint as a standard-sized kitchen, so anything smaller is defined as “small.” Whether or not your kitchen is small or just right, Moss Building & Design is a great partner to help you maximize storage and to create the illusion of a bigger space.

Plan Ahead. An essential step in redesigning any kitchen is to plan ahead. This is especially important for a smaller kitchen because there is little room to spare. A small kitchen layout should prioritize food prep over entertaining. A well-designed floor plan will optimize every inch available in the cabinets, on the counter, and along the walls.

Ideally, the length of a “work zone” in a kitchen is a maximum of 8-feet, with 3-feet between opposing countertops. This is why the work triangle works so well in smaller kitchens, including both the galley kitchen and U-shape layout. If a peninsula or stationary island is not in the plan, don’t desert the island concept. Instead, make the additional workspace movable with a rolling cart or butcher block.

Here are some additional tips:

• Choose the right size appliances for your space, so they don’t stick out
• Recede the refrigerator into the wall
• Hide appliances behind built-in, integrated, or overlay cabinets
• Raise appliances and cabinets off the kitchen floor to create the illusion of a higher space
• Use vertical storage and run floor tiles or boards lengthwise to create the look of a longer room
• Extend cabinets to the ceiling for increased storage
• Accessorize with space-saving organization solutions like knife drawers, spice cabinets, plate organizers, and hidden trash bins
• Choose light colors for the walls, countertop, and cabinets
• Brighten the inside of the cabinets with recessed lighting and/or glass doors for a more airy, open fee

Moss Building & Design is the top home remodeling company in Northern Virginia that has established a reputation for excellence in remodeling additions, kitchens, bathrooms, and basements and providing home services for homeowners. With a strong focus on community, Moss Building and Design encourages a hands-on approach to home improvement with an emphasis on education. Their ‘Girls Night Out’ HandyMOM101 events offer DIY workshops covering projects like tiling, power drills, caulking, and patching drywall.

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