The new layout is perfect for the homeowner’s “kitchen parties”
Before: A series of events, including a new job and a shift in the political climate, took Anita from Manhattan’s Chelsea to a co-op in Jackson Heights, Queens. “After the election in 2016, I wanted to live somewhere where I felt part of a community and that my vote could really make a difference. I also left the private sector for the nonprofit world,” she shared.
Her new 850-square-foot apartment in a 1950s building was the right fit for her reimagined life—minus the kitchen. “I knew I’d gut renovate the kitchen the second I saw it,” Anita said. She’d been living simply (with just a bed and kitchen table) in the apartment for three months when she embarked on her first renovation,
The renovator used Ikea’s kitchen planning tool, working with an Ikea designer to measure the kitchen and select all of the materials she needed to order. Her years spent living in Germany (where she says everyone renovates kitchens, even in rentals) inspired the appliance choices, as did prior work experience. “I had also worked in refrigeration for vaccines in developing countries and know way too much about refrigerators,” Anita said.
“He guided me to reputable and reasonably-priced places that had items in stock and didn’t have to rely on catalog pictures or internet images. He also respected my budget but knew when to push me toward better quality items or when simpler materials would suffice. He is also really good at reading people and knew when my freaking out was legitimate, and when I was falling into a trap of keeping up with the next big trend,” she said.
The contractor’s team was also respectful of the building, taking the right precautions and cleaning up every day. Anita said her super still compliments them on their professionalism.
Now, she has a brand new kitchen, where she can throw “kitchen parties,” sip wine, and just enjoy the space.
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