Small Kitchen in the City of St. Louis Gets a Remodel

Who wants more kitchen storage? Everyone!

But what do you do if you cannot add onto your home, and removing an interior wall is just not an option?

That is the challenge a family living in the City of St. Louis’ Central West End asked Aptitude Design & Build to solve.

New 42 inch cabinets offer more storage space

A creative approach expands kitchen storage

A little creative thinking gave these homeowners an additional 15 feet of kitchen storage space.

AptitudeDesign & Build’s owner Matt Mierek recommended installing tall, 42-inch wall cabinets. He also showed the homeowners how just a small change to the existing kitchen layout would make space for a new fridge and a wall-mounted microwave.

Giving the kitchen a bigger feel

In addition to more kitchen storage, the homeowners wanted a room that felt bright and welcoming.

They picked a classic white cabinet with a Shaker style door to anchor the new room. The tall, 42-inch upper cabinets were topped with a deep, crown molding that has the effect of making the room feel taller and more spacious.

To give the kitchen an airy feel, AptitudeDesign & Build’s electrician fitted recessed lights and three glass pendent lights over the breakfast bar.

A new backsplash has glossy white subway tiles that reflect the light. The shiny, new stainless steel appliances have a similar effect.

As for the old, ugly beige work surface, it has given way to a marble-look countertop by Cambria. Just like real Carrera marble, this product has attractive gray veins that add interest and texture to the kitchen’s overall look and feel.

  • Before: Small kitchen in need of updating

  • After: Newly remodeled kitchen in the Central West End

A kitchen remodeling challenge

Kitchen remodels in older homes often come with a few construction surprises. This one was no exception. The floor was so uneven even shimming the cabinets was not enough to get them level.

“From one side to the other, there was a two-inch difference in height,” said Matt. “We had to pour a self-leveling concrete on the floor to level it out so we could get all of the cabinets and floor tile level and straight.”

These St. Louis City homeowners will be enjoying cooking delicious meals in their new kitchen for years to come.

  • Before: View through to breakfast area before renovation

  • After: View through to breakfast area after renovation