Makeover Monday: How To Use Appliances And Lighting In A Studio Kitchen

Steve Sheinkopf  |  August 04, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

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It's Makeover Monday: Every Monday we look at a professionally remodeled kitchen and/or bathroom and talk about what is good and sometimes not so good about that particular renovation. This article is designed to help you with your let's get to it.

The title could have been "How to Light a Kitchen with Cathedral Ceilings". At some point, recessed lighting on a high ceiling will not illuminate properly. In fact, over 12 feet, recessed will start to dull.

Now there are people moving into loft spaces in Fort Point Channel, Southie, Seaport and The Leather District in Boston encountering this issue, as well as other places.

How do you light such a space? Let's look at two solutions in one picture...

Contemporary Kitchen by Boston Architects & Building Designers ZeroEnergy Design

Lighting a Cathedral Ceiling

The first solution is a skylight. We had one when I was growing up. Skylights provide great lighting. I do not remember turning on a light during the day in the kitchen.

The second solution is to bring the light down. In this case, they used Hubbardton Forge pendants. Another solution would be to suspend track and run pendants and spots off the track itself. You also have to utilize other lights in the room like under cabinet lighting, cornice lighting (uplighting in coves or over the cabinets) and in other rooms use lamps.

Gaggenau Appliances

Contemporary Kitchen by Boston Architects & Building Designers ZeroEnergy Design

As I look at this picture, they use plenty of Gaggenau appliances in the space. They use a smaller 30 inch integrated refrigerator and fully integrated dishwasher. Induction is a great choice, especially if you can not vent properly.

Induction may be more powerful than gas. It is also more efficient, so there is much less heat and steam to vent. They used a pull out hood so it blends with the cabinet. The side swing ovens hinged on the left will allow more room with the island.

Kudos and credit to Zero Energy Design, 165 Milk St, Boston. See their profile on Houzz.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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