1.) A subzero refrigerator with it's enormous overhead vent was installed sometime in the 90's, so that's outta here faster than you can say NEXT. Because my clients said they don't need a huge refrigerator, I'm going with the double drawer under-counter model which will free up space above for extra prep-counter AND cabinets above the counter where the refrigerator used to live.
2.) I will replace the full-sized dishwasher that currently lives under a double sink with a drawer unit dishwasher and replace the sink with a slightly smaller one, again increasing counter space.
3.) A washer AND dryer currently live stacked in the kitchen, so I will toss those out with yesterdays New York Post and replace them with an all-in-one washer/dryer from Fisher & Paykel and once again, YOU GUESSED IT, create more couterspace and an extra cabinet above.
4.) A popular design in the 80's and 90's was to create a soffit in the kitchen so standard off-the-shelf cabinets could easily fit. This was great for housing developments but crappy for space, so to create more space we will remove the old cabinets and the soffits above and create cabinets and shelves that go wall the way up to the ceiling.
5.) To give the illusion of a larger space in somewhat cramped quarters, we are going with light colored floors and light cabinets and replacing "vintage" track lighting with multiple canned lights.
So, I've got a long list of items to take this kitchen from YUK to WOW, so let me get back to work and I'll show you my progress as we get closer to the finish line!