Serving Salem and the Willamette Valley Since 1961

How to Pack a Lot in a Small Kitchen

Jo Koenig

Ready to Remodel

A successful design and remodel can completely upgrade the livability of a home. This project is a perfect example.

A compact house with a tiny kitchen, this was the ideal setting for a complete redesign. C&R Designers worked with the homeowner to determine her needs, hopes, and budget parameters. The result is a beautiful, functional and convenience-packed space.

Before remodeling, the layout made working in the kitchen a real chore. The careful reorganization of the floor plan made better use of all existing square footage.

Kitchen remodeled beautifully.

Starting From Scratch

The entire kitchen was deconstructed and rebuilt from the walls in. New insulation added energy efficiency. A combination of semi-custom painted Maple cabinetry and open shelving provided storage and display space. New appliances were a welcome amenity.


Careful Choices Protect the Budget

Suede-finish laminate counter tops helped keep the project on budget while the tile back splash gave a look of luxury. A 24” Farm Sink contributed to the upscale appearance and the Chrome fixtures added a touch of bling.

Now the area beside the window is a lovely eating nook with a view of the peaceful back yard. Consistent wood flooring creates a cohesive flow between the kitchen, nook, and all living areas.

Kitchen before and after

Details, Details

New Fir flooring was installed in the kitchen/nook area and mud room to match the existing, adjacent floors. Custom woodwork was installed to blend nicely with the existing classic trim. A new full-sized refrigerator now occupies the space where an apartment style refrigerator had stood.

In addition, cabinetry, counter top, and open shelving provide work space and decorative storage. The full-sized range was replaced with a compact model that allowed for more counter space. A floor to ceiling pantry expanded storage even further.

A final coat of fresh paint throughout the remodeled areas completed the brand new look.

Kitchen remodel Salem

The homeowner is delighted with how everything turned out and is enjoying life in her “new” house!

Farm sink in Salem, OR

Do you have a small kitchen that needs an inspired update? Call us today at 503-363-1343 or contact us online to schedule your free in-home consultation. Our experts will help you determine the best options for your investment dollars. Don’t hesitate–when your remodel is complete you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!


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Five Stars
From the initial meeting with Beth to the closeout visit, working with C&R was a pleasure. Beth listened, offered advice, and was willing to work within our budget. Every worker who came to our home was punctual, courteous, and cleaned up each day. We truly could not have asked for a better experience!
Nancy B
Five Stars
Staff were so skilled, knowledgeable, and professional. The design team was so easy to work with and immediately saw our vision. The result is so beautiful! We highly recommend this company, you will never be disappointed.
Dick and Joi Hayden
Five Stars
Excellent service and workmanship. We could not be happier with our kitchen remodel. Beth helped design the perfect kitchen and our Lead Carpenter completed the work in a timely and professional manner. Everyone we came in contact with at C&R was great—we are already working with them on a second project!
Roslyn Owen
Five Stars
C & R did a kitchen remodel for us November-December 2021.  From start to finish, they provided EXCELLENT service.  Beth guided us expertly through making decisions on products and design.  Mark led their team of professionals to expertly …
Christy Austin
Five Stars
We just completed a remodel of a 1980 sunroom to utility room, as well as expanding the downstairs bedroom, bath, half bath and closet and are thrilled with the result. It was a pleasure to work with C & R. We were so impressed with the …
Janet Lorenz
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