Small Spaces Big Ideas
“You’re looking for small space savvy,” Hebsch explains. Wall color, cabinet designs, and countertop surfaces can also offer the illusion of a much larger kitchen. Hebsch says that on the Cape, homeowners offer gravitate toward clean and simple designs, perhaps because of the natural simplicity of our seaside environment. One of the most popular hues by Fieldstone Cabinetry, which Supply New England carries, is Aegean Mist, inspired by the sea. Color choice is more than aesthetic, it’s strategic, notes the designer. “These soft colors are replacing traditional white, and clean, simple doors show these colors off,” she says. The opportunity to jazz things up in a small space, Hebsch advises, is with a customized backsplash or in décor details.
“We do a lot of white or off-white because it’s timeless,” explains Eric Leckstrom of Kitchen & Bath Designs Unlimited in Osterville (www.designsunlimitedinc.net). Leckstrom works along side his father Thomas, a certified kitchen designer (a certification designated by the National Kitchen & Bath Association) and together the two have a combined nearly 50 years experience in designing fine cabinetry and countertops for kitchens and baths. “A lot of people are surprised at the options you can go with for a small space,” Leckstrom says. “You can make space for nearly everything.”
Barnstable Architect and custom builder, Keith MacKenzie-Betty, has a relatively unorthodox approach to kitchen design. His company, Barnstable Kitchens (www.barnstablekitchens.com), offers clients the choice of an array of design and build packages. The kitchen is supplied by a factory, he explains, and the savings are passed along to the homeowner. For example, one of his kitchen packages includes solid cherry wood cabinets and granite countertops with installation, for approximately $8000.
“It’s gone really well so far,” he says with enthusiasm when discussing his business model. MacKenzie-Betty explains that on Cape Cod, many of his clients are looking to remodel or upgrade without spending a lot of money. By producing the design and relying on quality factory-made cabinetry, Mackenzie-Betty can deliver well-made kitchens that make effective use of space while increasing a home’s value. “It is a substantial difference in price, but the quality is still high,” he says. Armed with architectural know-how and years of experience (“I’ve worked for some very clever people,” he says with a laugh), MacKenzie-Betty says he walks into a project “with slightly wider eyes.”
For master craftsman David Flanagan of Wychmere Woodworks (www.wychmerewoodworks.com), custom is always the name of the game as he crafts kitchen cabinets and and fine furniture in his Orleans shop. “A lot of people try to jam a lot into a small space,” says Flanagan whose beautiful handcrafted cabinets and kitchen features have transformed many a Cape kitchen large and small. To achieve each client’s wish list—especially for small spaces-—Flanagan crafts solutions using every available square inch. Slide out spice racks, built-in microwaves, wine racks—all merge function and beauty. “It’s a juggle really, but it’s always doable,” says Flanagan.
Andrea McHugh is a freelance writer who lives in Newport, Rhode Island.
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