Before & After: This Miami Kitchen Is Now Packed With Storage

This project was a full gut renovation of a two-bed, three-bath penthouse apartment in Miami. The living and dining area were already large and spacious, and changes were largely cosmetic, but the kitchen was small and the ceiling was especially low. It, most of all, needed a complete redesign.

Holly of Avenue Design Studio spearheaded this project by designing a clean, unfussy kitchen. With her team, she removed a couple of walls and raised the ceilings before selecting finishes to get a cohesive, contemporary space. Here’s what it looks like now:

This classic kitchen is a complete 180° from the original and features custom cabinetry, SO MUCH storage, and a new breakfast bar.

Here’s Holly on some of the choices:

For the countertops our client wanted practical but didn’t want to skip out on looks. And why should she? We hand selected a beautiful piece of Macuava Calacutta quartzite that has the most gorgeous soft green-blue vein through it, much the way Calacutta marble would. We looked at whiter marbles but couldn’t get past how pretty this one was in person so after our arduous and thorough search inside the stone supplier in 38 degree Miami heat, it was a done deal. The color we used on the cabinetry is City Loft by Sherwin-Williams.

Most importantly, where the last space felt closed and constricted, the new kitchen is all about light and flow. Here you can see where a wall was removed adjacent to the front door and replaced with the new surface and seating. You still get a functional hallway and walls, but the kitchen is more open and less confined.

To see this entire gorgeous apartment and all the changes, see the big reveal over on Holly’s website, Avenue Lifestyle. Thanks for sharing Holly!



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