Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Serving Santa Clara Valley • 408.360.9700

Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Serving Santa Clara Valley • 408.360.9700




You might have a small, cozy kitchen, but you can make the most of it. Knowing how to maximize your counter space and storage area with a stylish, space-saving design can be useful. With smart planning and a few creative ideas, the heart of your home can be attractive and functional. Before you begin remodeling, read these expert tips on designing a kitchen for smaller homes.


Creating the right layout with stylish features and fixtures requires a fine balance of function and aesthetics. Here are some ideas to make your small kitchen feel big, bright and beautiful.

  • Prioritize your wish list: With space at a premium, it may not be possible to have everything you desire in your kitchen. It helps to prioritize what you really want now, over the bells and whistles you can upgrade to in the future.
  • Revise the floor plan: Knocking down a wall or two can give you more room. Consider an open-concept kitchen that expands into the dining area or even your living room. Do you really need that laundry room? How about installing a stacked washer and dryer into an unused corner? Tightening up the kitchen triangle. (the space between the stove, sink and refrigerator) can also add space. If possible, install a corner sink and expand counter space on either side. Check your doors; replacing a swing out door with a pocket door might allow you to reclaim some square footage.
  • Ditch the island: It takes up a lot of room and is not always as useful as we think it is. To use your counters as working and eating areas, extend the countertop outward a little and be creative with seating. Use folding stools or chairs that can be stacked away when not in use.
  • Consider floor to ceiling cabinetry: It will give you more shelving and storage space. Add glass doors to give the room an open feel. Make use of cabinet doors by installing hooks or racks to store pans, lids, cooking and measuring spoons, foil, plastic wrap, etc. Store utensils by type so that they are easy to find. Mugs and cups take up a lot of space; use hooks under open shelving to hang them.
  • Use smaller appliances: They save space and will also not seem out of proportion. Combination appliances like a convection microwave oven can eliminate the need for separate appliances. An induction cook top is also a good idea as it functions as both a stove and counter area.
  • Choose light colors: Dark walls and cabinets make a space look smaller, but lighter tones will make it appear bigger. Greys and whites are popular wall color choices. If you want to add a pop of color, choose a single wall or ceiling for a bold shade. If you simply love dark cabinets, balance them with a lighter backsplash. Use under cabinet lighting to brighten up the work space.
  • Invest in different types of lighting: This will make your kitchen look spacious. Pendant lights on a track system, LED strip lights for shelving and a chandelier scaled to your space can transform the look of your kitchen. If you have a low ceiling, decorative flushmount fixtures can give it a stylish appearance.
  • Opt for larger floor tiles: Small tiles add more grout lines and tend to make the room look crowded.


At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we offer comprehensive design and installation services to create attractive, functional spaces. Our creative ideas and outstanding craftsmanship enhance the appeal and value of your home. Committed to quality and your complete satisfaction, we work hard to complete your small kitchen redesign within the agreed timeline and budget.

ince 1994, we have served homeowners across the Santa Clara Valley, including in Willow Glen, San Jose, Almaden, Cambrian, Santa Clara, Los Gatos and Los Altos Hills, CA. Read these testimonials from our happy customers.

Call CBKR, your bathroom remodeling design and construction contractor at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We can discuss more ideas for designing a kitchen for smaller homes.



You’re always looking for the latest entertaining ideas, the newest recipes to try, the most exciting cocktails to create, but, does your kitchen look and feel outdated? Modernize your kitchen and feel inspired to do more of those activities you enjoy. With creative use of color and materials, modern appliances and a functional layout, you can make this room look new and inviting. There are endless ways to create a space your family, guests and prospective home buyers will absolutely love! Our experienced team has plenty of innovative ideas and we are happy to share some valuable tips to successfully update your kitchen.


  • Create a plan: The first step is to outline your family’s habits and lifestyle. For example, do your children sit down with their homework in the kitchen? Is this the place where the family gathers for meals and conversation? Are you likely to entertain here? Thinking about the different functions and the flow of your kitchen will help you select a design that suits your family’s unique needs.
  • Choose the right layout: Your ideal kitchen must have a layout that works for you. Galley, one-wall, U-shaped, L-shaped—there are several layouts from which to choose. The size of your room and functional efficiency are critical factors in the decision-making process. While the kitchen triangle (sink, cook top and refrigerator) is an important consideration, you also want easily accessible storage. The latest trend is to create work zones (preparation, cooking, baking, etc.) in your kitchen. This simply means having everything you need for that specific task, close at hand.
  • Pick a color: A monochromatic scheme works well for modern designs. You can vary the tones, tints, sheen and texture for visual interest. An all-white kitchen has been a favorite for years, however, subtle shades of blue and grey are now gaining popularity. If you want to stay neutral but add a pop of color, choose a wall, storage cabinet section, kitchen island, or the seating to bring in that variety.
  • Use modern materials: Minimalistic cabinetry with glass and metallic accents are characteristic of the sleek modern style. Swap out wooden cabinet fronts for glass or open shelving. Install new appliances that are the right size for your kitchen.
  • Invest in a classy countertop: It is the first thing most people notice, so splurge a little on this feature. While you want a material that is hardy, you don’t need to sacrifice style for function. Quartz, for instance, is a durable man-made material that is also easy to maintain.
  • Install new flooring: This is one feature that can keep your room stuck in the past. Wood flooring, or materials that resemble wood, are in. In fact, tile that looks like wood is a ‘hot’ trend. Waterproof vinyl, laminate or natural stone are other options you can consider.


At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we are passionate about what we do. You will never have to worry about material quality or workmanship. We do a clean job, deliver the results you want and stay within your kitchen renovation budget. Our happy customers agree!

Since 1994, we have served a growing roster of homeowners in the Santa Clara Valley including in Willow Glen, San Jose, Almaden, Cambrian, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Los Altos Hills, CA with exemplary skills and customer service.

Call 408-360-9700  or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. Let’s discuss the best ways to modernize your kitchen.



There are plenty of ways to make your cozy kitchen look spacious and stylish. The overall layout, choice of materials, lighting and color scheme, all play important roles in enhancing the size, function and feel of this much-loved space in your home. Our experienced team has worked with customers across Santa Clara Valley and is happy to share some valuable tips to make your small kitchen remodeling project a guaranteed success.


  • Balance design and function: Irrespective of your room size, the traditional rule of the kitchen triangle (sink, stove and refrigerator in a triangular layout) still applies. Being a high-traffic and functional area, it is better to allow space for an efficient work flow. A U-shaped layout is ideal but will depend on how much room you have. A line or ‘Pullman’ kitchen which runs along a single wall or a galley using parallel walls, is better suited for studios and condos or homes where space is very limited.
  • Choose the right materials: One of the simplest ways to make your kitchen look big and swanky is to install glass cabinet doors and tabletops, a tiled backsplash and doors to other rooms. This can help achieve an airy and spacious feel. Tip: Splurge on your backsplash to give your small kitchen the wow factor! Shiny glass mosaic or metallic tiles will add an element of urban chic.
  • Select light colors: White or lighter shades for walls, flooring, ceilings and backsplashes reflect light and make the wall perimeter recede, instantly creating a feeling of more space. If you want a splash of color, opt for a soft blue, hint of yellow or light grey. Choose large floor tiles; small ones with too many grout lines can give the kitchen a cramped appearance.
  • Buy smaller appliances: Compact appliances have become very popular over the years as they allow practical use of space. Slim-line refrigerators, a microwave drawer, modular cooktop, cabinet size dishwasher and smaller sink give you more counter space for food preparation and serving areas. Avoid free-standing cabinetry or large furniture.
  • Be smart about storage: Floor to ceiling cabinets optimize storage space. Consider adding a nesting table to your cabinets or shelving under the island countertop for more room. A shelf or cabinet above your refrigerator and using your window sill to keep things can squeeze a little extra out of your kitchen.


At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we are passionate about creating rooms you will enjoy for years to come. Whether it is a simple renovation or a complete remodel, you can count on us to give you a kitchen makeover you and your family will love. We work closely with you to plan the best use of your space and match your lifestyle needs. Read these testimonials from some of our happy customers.

Since 1994, we have served a growing roster of homeowners in the Santa Clara Valley including in Willow Glen, San Jose, Almaden, Cambrian, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Los Altos Hills, CA with exceptional workmanship and customer service.

Call 408-360-9700  or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation for your small kitchen remodeling project.

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