A Minimalist Kitchen: To the Studs and Back
Two architects rebuild their kitchen with a minimalist look at a minimal cost.
Synopsis: In Lauren and Kyle Zerbey’s 1910 house, the kitchen was effectively the hallway, and its five doorways added to its traffic problems. The Zerbeys lived in the house for four years before they began renovating the kitchen, which gave them time to get the new design right. By surrendering a small porch and a closet, they were able to shift a bath into a corner and move the kitchen to the back of the house. Following an aesthetic they call “natural modernism,” they outfitted the new kitchen with materials and products that feature warm woods, bright whites, and cool grays.
Our house was built in 1910, and although it was Craftsman in style, its small size and lack of custom details led us to believe that it was originally a worker’s cottage. Because of its modest square footage, the kitchen was effectively the hallway of the home — with…