Hugo's Dalston Apartment Renovation: The Kitchen Dining Area

Client: Hugo De Souza
Location: Dalston, East London
Dwelling: Apartment
The Space: Kitchen
Size: 150 square feet (14 square metres)
Budget: £3,500

Our client, Hugo, lives in a small one bedroom studio apartment in Dalston, on the main high street. After living there for the last two years and being constantly busy with the demanding workload of his career, he decided it was time for a much needed renovation to his neglected apartment and Space Shack was happy to take up the brief.  Hugo decided to revamp the kitchen area first, as this is the main area he likes to spend time in and wants to transform this into a more aesthetically pleasing space to cook and dine in. The current space was small, dark and unwelcoming with outdated decor, with no space to dine and an impractical kitchenette. 

We will now break down the entire kitchen remodel and show you some before and after shots so you can see the transformation, oh and what a transformation it is!

The Brief:

  • An easy to maintain kitchen area  
  • Dining area for two people
  • A feature wall
  • Maximise the open space
  • Make the room brighter
  • A space to welcome to guests

The Process

  • Demolition of existing kitchen 
  • Removal of existing floor
  • Strip existing wallpaper
  • Hide existing exposed pipes
  • Entirely new Heating/Plumbing system
  • New electrics
  • Replastering walls
  • Paint
  • Laying of new floor
  • New woodwork (doors, door frames and skirting)
  • New Lighting
  • Installation of new kitchen

The Transformation

With only 14 square metres of kitchen space to work with, the crucial requirement he had was that he wanted the space to be maximised and have a more open feeling. The lack of natural light and run down decor was making it difficult for him to use the space and even refrain from cooking and eating here also. so needless to say, Hugo is a much deserving candidate for this renovation.

Cabinet space was crucial for Hugo as he wanted to hide all his crockery, pots, pans etc and didn't want them on show. So we chose for full wall cabinets, as its only a tiny space it makes the kitchen area look neat and compact. Mixing up your cabinet colour and style is a great way to add some character to a small kitchen. We opted for a light grey hue for the majority of the wall cabinets which compliments the grey marble grain within the worktop.

Where's the fridge? We decided to go for an integrated fridge to have a concealed modern look. Concealing as many appliances as possible allows your kitchen to look sleek, sophisticated and tidy! 

Having the bare essentials on your worktop space is ideal, you may want to snack on an Oreo, you know, err, whilst washing up?!

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The final look for Hugo's dining area is simple, clean and will give you major wall envy. Kartell is one of our 'go to' designers for bar chairs and stools. We absolutely love these matte grey bar stools against the simple glass bar table. Don't forget you can check out our My SpaceShack interview with Hugo here.

Photography: Sharad Patel