small orange kitchen remodel with stainless steel countertops and original hutch
Photo: Eric Piasecki
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After: Based on Good Bones

It takes months, if not years, to find a great house, and unless you're on a Bill Gates budget, there will always be a compromise—like the kitchen that you really wish were just a bit bigger. That's what Sabine Meyer was thinking when she bought her circa-1900 red brick home in Beacon, New York. She knew there were good bones beneath the cheesy wood paneling and the ceiling tiles she'd have to rip out, but the real challenge would be how to make the 11-by-12-foot space something she could easily cook and entertain in.

Shown: By opening it up, the space was transformed into an efficient cooking and entertaining area. Warm orange paint (Benjamin Moore's Citrus Orange) brightens the room. Stainless steel covers the counters, as well as the LG fridge and FiveStar range.

Contractor: John Grady, Beacon, NY; 914-474-3612
Contractor: Carlos Guajardo, Wappinger Falls, NY; 914-447-2905
Lighting: IKEA
Refrigerator: LG Appliances
Range: FiveStar
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