Small Spaces Big Ideas

Master woodworker David Flanagan designs and handcrafts cabinets and kitchen features that can be customized for small spaces such as these pocket-size shelves and storage areas, opposite, in the confined spaces of a compact Cape kitchen. Though 12’ x 22’ may sound like limited square footage, Lane was able to craft a refreshingly airy kitchen that includes a top of the line 36” rangetop with six burners, a stainless steel French-door bottom-freezer refrigerator, a ceramic farm sink, and unbelievably, the washer and dryer under a countertop camouflaged behind matching cabinet doors. “I made it all work,” Lane says with a laugh. “Our job is the puzzle—it’s all about completing the puzzle.”

Lane knows a thing or two about making things work. He made extra money while attending Fitchburg State by remodeling apartments his landlord acquired. By his senior year, he had landed an internship at a custom cabinet factory. Those opportunities, plus more than 20 years of experience, make completing each project’s puzzle attainable. He has also become a trusted advisor to homeowners when making difficult, costly, decisions.

Small Spaces Big Ideas “Part of it will always be aesthetic driven, you know, what’s the newest thing,” Lane says, but he also knows that kitchen renovations are expensive, and trends should be carefully assessed. He says each kitchen project needs to be approached as an investment. “Budgets simply don’t allow you to change kitchens like you change your clothes,” he explains, noting that it’s important for each homeowner to choose appliances, amenities and accessories carefully.

Ranches, saltboxes, colonials, and cottages make up the majority of Cape Cod homes, the builder explains noting homeowners with unrestricted budgets and carte blanche square footage are not the rule Cape-wide.“Trophy homes are such a small percentage of our reality,” Lane stresses, noting that Bayside also works with homeowners to design and build bathrooms where space is at a premium.

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Andrea E. McHugh, a former editor at Newport Life magazine, is a freelance writer living in Rhode Island.

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