Small Condo Kitchen storage
Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson and Kirstin Moehlig at Terracotta Design Build Co. had some ideas. "We needed to rethink the space to create as much storage as possible," Moehlig says. She and the Terracotta team tore out existing oak cabinets and designed custom perimeter cabinets that stretch to the 12-foot ceiling. A furniture-style island offers storage, a sink, and prep space.
"Dara is petite, so we earmarked the top portion of upper cabinets (reached by a step stool) for seldom-used items and maximized function in lower cabinets," Hidalgo-Nilsson says. A pullout near the range gives Dara easy access to spices and cooking oils. Another door slides back to reveal a coffeemaker, toaster, and microwave. A panel in a hutchlike cabinet drops down to serve as a desk. A bottom drawer disguises a food-and-water station for Dara's canine pal, Prynnie.