Name: Sarah

Location: Bend, OR

Square Feet: 107

Division: Own

What makes your small kitchen so cool: I salvaged the wood when I tore down the old cedar fence around the property; the nails had made water marks that ran down the wood and created different color gradations. I bought accessories thrifting; the thermos, mid century lamp, vintage barware, dishes, record album, artwork and mugs. I put board and batten, similar to an exterior wall, on the tallest interior wall. I used a monochromatic color scheme, white, creme, black and brown. I used simple, modern lighting and an Ikea farm sink. I love the arrow wallpaper by Cavern, called Tapestry that I used on one wall. I wanted a space that would be efficient and still have everything you needed to cook a meal comfortably, even if it was small. I bought cabinets, open shelving and a kitchen cart from Ikea and I was able to save money by using oversized granite tiles instead of one slab. The black Smeg gave the room the right amount of cool. There is a kitchen herb garden outside too!
Describe a challenge you’ve overcome or a smart resource you’ve found for your kitchen.:
This tiny building started out it’s life as a non conforming dwelling that had been lived in by a guy named Ed since 1989. I spent four months getting the Additional Dwelling Unit approved before I could get started and take out the fishing calendar, plywood walls and crusty stove. He slept in a tiny loft that I took down to give the kitchen it’s high ceiling. I used the salvaged cedar fencing to cover a shorter wall behind the fridge and a taller wall in the front, and then the board and batten siding all the way to the rafters, to take advantage of the new taller ceiling and create the illusion of a larger space.
What’s your favorite meal to cook here?:
BBQ’d oysters on the grill, baked potatoes, a big salad and serve it up with a Boneyard IPA.