Creating A Kitchenette For A Guest Suite

3 November 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Whether you have a mother-in-law apartment over your garage or you are considering converting your basement into a guest suite for out-of-town visitors, you may be thinking about adding a kitchenette. Even if you don't have a lot of extra space available, you can create a small kitchenette to make your guests feel more like they have their own space when visiting your home. Here are just a few ideas to make your guest kitchenette a wonderful addition to your home.

Start With The Cabinets

Your cabinets will help you to define the space for the kitchenette. You can choose to have just a few bottom cabinets installed to create the space, or you may want to add upper cabinets to give the space more of a kitchen feel. If you will be adding the kitchenette to the corner of the room, consider a layout that puts cabinets on both walls in the corner, as this can create the illusion of more space. Finish the upper cabinets with a bit of crown molding for a polished look, and opt for natural stone countertops to complete the cabinet setup.

Add A Breakfast Bar

Adding a breakfast bar can give your kitchenette a true small kitchen feel. The space can be used for dining or it can double as a food prep station. Have your contractor build a breakfast bar using the same type of cabinets you use along the walls, and add a natural stone countertop to match the rest of the kitchen. Hang pendant lighting above the breakfast bar area, and complete the look with a few stools.

Hook Up Plumbing

You may not want to add a stove to the kitchenette, but a sink is an essential piece of equipment. Work with your contractor to have plumbing and water lines run to the kitchenette, and select a single-basin sink to add to the space. You'll also want to pick out a faucet to match the sink, so consider something that is easy for any guests to use. A lever-handle faucet may be easier for elderly relatives to handle, for example.

Make Use Of Additional Materials

If you end up with any additional materials from your project, consider creative ways to make use of them. For instance, you can use any spare pieces of stone from your natural stone countertops to create shelving for the kitchenette or for any other area of the guest suite. If you choose to tile the floor in the kitchenette, you can have spare tiles cut into smaller sizes for use as coasters or trivets.

The key to creating a kitchenette is making it look like a smaller version of a real kitchen. Cabinets, counters and a sink create the basic layout, and you can complete the space with small kitchen appliances, cookware, and accessories to give it a cozy feel. Visit websites like to learn more.