Area: Refresh, A Remodel Short Story

Big Success: A confined Capitol Hill condo kitchen gets a new open look.

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The new sleek, space-savvy kitchen.
A law professor with a passion for cooking and entertaining was frustrated by a cramped kitchen measuring just 110 square feet. Not only was the Capitol Hill condo’s outdated ’90s kitchen design dim and cramped, it was visually cut off from the dining room. Prestige Custom Builders was tapped to create an open, cook-friendly design, all without adding one square foot. One of the biggest challenges, admits project manager Chris Brooks, was adhering to the condo’s existing shared walls with plumbing and electrical elements. The design solution involved adding space-maximizing features, from a floor-to-ceiling pull-out pantry and floating shelves to stainless steel-clad walls, and lowering countertops to visually connect up the kitchen and dining room. New under-the-cabinet accent lighting and overhead pendants brighten up the work-intensive room, while bamboo flooring and classic cherry cabinets add warmth and solid concrete countertops and sink provide a coolly contemporary feel. Somehow, room was found to fit a big list of new appliances, including two Marvel wine coolers in a new bar area, a Dacor wall oven and warming drawer, Fisher-Paykel double-drawer refrigerator and dishwasher and a 36-inch Wolf cooktop.

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General Contractor: Prestige Custom Builders, 7914 Seward Park Ave. S, Seattle; 206.722.1540;
Project price: $60,000–$70,000
Time frame: January–March 2006
Cabinets: Vision Woodworks; 425.432.6772
Countertops and sink: Dogpaw Design; 206.706.0099;
New appliance FYI: The condo’s Wolf cooktop’s burners won’t heat up unless they sense a pan