Modern CabinModern Kitchen, Burlington
photo by Susan Teare
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Size your sink to your budget. This might be obvious, but it’s all too easy to fall in love with a huge, gorgeous, apron-front sink you see on Houzz only to find that it is priced well above what your budget will allow. Very few of us can afford to install all top-of-the-line materials, fixtures and appliances in a kitchen, so it’s helpful to strategize what you are going to spend money on and where you can save. Personally, I’d rather splurge on my countertops or kitchen floor than the sink. After all, you can get a perfectly fine 20-inch-wide stainless steel undermount sink for less than $200. Check out eBay, Craigslist or your local salvage yard or building material resale shop for a deal.
If your galley kitchen placement falls against a wall with a large picture window, you have further justification to demolish some of the upper cabinets and let more light and a bigger view in.More about trading storage space for windows
Just in case you think a large window is for big kitchens only, here's proof that even a small kitchen is well served by having an extra-large window above the sink and stretching across the countertop.
Do you long for a little cabin in the woods but don't want to give up your modern trappings? No problem! Mix and match the two by keeping typical cabin outfittings sleek and clean. Check out the slick lines of that ceiling and cabinetry. They set off the stainless appliances perfectly without making the space feel too urban.
Showcase local artists. This Vermont cabin owned and designed by Joan Heaton of Joan Heaton Architects formerly belonged to artist Janet Chill. "I thought it fitting to showcase her art," says Heaton. "The painting, acrylic on oaktag, depicts a closeup of hosta and other plants. I thought that the horizontal aspect, scale and colors of the work looked great in the kitchen."
To preserve the view but still allow for ventilation, the kitchen sink is centered between two different-size windows. The one on the right opens, while the left portion is fixed. The cabinets are cherry, and the countertop is slate.