The Cook Next Door

 A kitchen in need of innovative and cost effective structural improvements ... How convenient that there is a designer living next door!

The Goal

Update this 1980’s kitchen while still retaining the original charm of the home’s 1920’s architecture.  The renovation required creative structural solutions due to steam pipes and a hidden chimney but the end result exceeded the homeowner’s expectations.


Project Details



Papyrus Home Design, functioning as GC on this job, worked with the cabinetmaker and homeowner to design a functional, light filled kitchen with gorgeous molding and cabinets.



By closing the basement door we were able to add a marble counter that the homeowner specifically uses for baking. Because the hallway closet had access into the basement, this was transformed into both a recycling center and basement entrance.


New windows were installed to add much needed light and the kitchen sink was repositioned. To avoid the additional costs of having to move existing steam pipes, we came up with an innovative solution to conceal them – add custom corbels.


To make use of the chimney wall, shallow cabinets were designed. These cabinets both conceal the chimney and serve as a perfect space for a small microwave.



We removed the drop ceiling and added cabinets and crown molding that seamlessly blend together, restoring the high ceilings. The kitchen counter is Caesarstone Quartz which has antibacterial properties as well as a sparkle!



Katja van der Loo

609 Washington Street  Boonton, New Jersey  07005

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