Louise Brooks and Vince Falotico of Brooks & Falotico are fabulous architects out of New Canaan, Ct. and are nothing short of expert on detailing kitchen storage and organization in their work. Whether you are building a new kitchen, renovating or simply applying new storage concepts into your existing kitchen, these clever ideas will give you pause for thought and maybe change, as well.
MAKING YOUR SPACE WORK
Let’s face it – the kitchen is the main living space of today’s home. In this case, this kitchen connects the garage, mudroom and family room to the rest of the house and then the exterior wall opens up to an outside terrace. The dilemma that Louise and Vince faced with this small space renovation was how could they create an easy-living, functional space with a fluid traffic pattern. Their answer? To make the storage as streamlined as possible.
The What’s Great List
- The stove wall has ample cabinetry, but note the smart use of drawers below rather than all cabinets
- The pull out spice drawer has slants built in to keep the spices neatly organized
- In an all white kitchen, the Alice Gibbons hand-made tiles above the stove top add an interesting detail
- The cabinetry extends all the way to the ceiling allotting maximum storage space
- A banquet is built in between two windows providing comfortable seating and removing the need for excess chairs
- Recessed into a corner, the Miele espresso-coffee unit is built into the cabinetry and designating this a coffee area bar
- The island is a working element in this kitchen.
- It houses the television built-in and under the counter so it is out of the way
- And.. holds the cookbook collection
- The far wall has a built-in hutch which is flanked by cabinets all built up the ceiling to maximize the space
- the drawers in the built-in hutch are wide and include built-in dividers for the flatware
- A pull out draw is designed just for dish towels and napkins.