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They used every inch of a tight square space.

They used every inch of a tight square space

Kitchen planning poses particular problemsin a tight square space. Two challenges are making the most of underused corners and taking advantage of often-wasted space in the center of the room.

Architect Gary Gilbar solved both problemsin his roughly 16-foot-square kitchen in Hollywood, California. He also gave it a contemporary, streamlined look.

Gilbar began by putting large pantries intwo corners. Floor-to-ceiling shelves line both of them, making every inch of space accessible and usable.

Between the pantries, a counter with adouble sink houses a dishwasher and a trash compactor. A commercial cooktop sits flush with a second counter, which runs from the food pantry to the refrigerator corner, angling to follow the dining room wall. Above the cooktop, a counterdeep cabinet holds an exhaust fan and work light. Ovens are built into the opposite corner.

A 4-foot-square island offers further storage.Drawers fill the sink-facing side; a broad cutting board pulls out above them. On the other side, the counter cantilevers 18 inches, providing knee space and a convenient alcove for two bar stools.

Ceilings in the rest of the house arehigh--at least 10 feet in most places. To give the relatively small kitchen a more comfortable scale, Gilbar lowered its ceiling to 8 feet except over the center island, where the 10-foot height forms a dramatic coffer. Recessed down lights ring its perimeter. Additional ones inside the coffer brighten the island below.

The appliances, stool frames, mini-blinds,sink, and even the utensils hanging over the cooktop have a silver metallic finish. Gilbar carried that detail to the edges of all the counters, where tiles meet galvanized steel banding.

To apply the banding, he nailed fabricatedT-profile lengths of the galvanized stock to the plywood counter underlayment before putting down the mortar. He then gauged the mortar bed so tiles would sit flush with the top edge of the metal. To force the banding around the curved corners, Gilbar cut out sections of it and bent it under. Gray grout finishes all the counters.

Photo: Color contrastsadd drama to compact kitchen. Deep purple tiles on island complement coffer overhead. Same tiles form backsplash and window surrounds; rest of room is gray with metallic accents

Photo: Generous pantriesflank sink counter. One on right holds dishes, closes with pocket door. Food unit (left) has hinged door on angled opening

Photo: Offset corner for refrigeratoradds angle to nearly square kitchen plan. Walk-in pantries and ovens tuck into tight corners. Island doubles as counter and storage

Photo: Spice drawer holds jars so they're easilyvisible. Wavy iron grille flush with counter covers six-burner commercial cooktop
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Date:Feb 1, 1987
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