Maximizing Function & Wellness in a Small Space

In this kitchen and dining room project we sought to optimize function and wellness. The thoughtful design maximizes useful storage features and improves efficient workflow, making the kitchen a more pleasant place to cook (and even clean!).

Mindful of possible lifestyle changes, we utilized cabinet accessories and design features that make sense ergonomically. And in the event that a downstairs bedroom is needed one day in the future, we’ve provided doors that give both privacy and some natural light for the dining room to serve in that way, and doorways wide enough to accommodate mobility aids.

The natural world inspired different aspects of this project. For example, the views to the Certified Wildlife Habitat backyard eventually helped lead us to the blue bird wallpaper in the dining room. Widening the door between the kitchen and the dining room allows not only better visual and verbal communication with people, but brought more natural light and better airflow into the kitchen. With the materials chosen for the job we sought to preserve clean air and healthful living. We avoided particle board and instead used PureBond plywood and water-based cabinet finishes; no-VOC paints were a priority on the walls and trim.