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Build a Chic and Low-Cost Kitchen

Build a Chic and Low-Cost Kitchen

Spotted on Dezeen: a low-cost kitchen by Tank Architects of Tokyo, designed for a couple with a passion for cooking but a limited budget.

The homeowners of House K wanted a kitchen with enough space for serious culinary experimentation. The solution? Humble materials like concrete blocks and larch plywood topped with polished stainless steel countertops. Here are some ideas for recreating the look.

Photography by Eric Bossic. For more DIY home ideas, visit Remodelista.

Above: The kitchen’s minimalist elegance makes a virtue out of an economical building material.

Above: A stack of concrete blocks creates a slim counter that divides the space.

Above: The polished stainless counters bounce light into the kitchen.

Above: Oldcastle Concrete Block is 16 inches long; $1.14 at Home Depot.

Above: Stainless Steel Counter Tops are available in standard sizes from A Best Kitchen; a 24-by-25-inch length is $388. Image via

Above: The architects used larch plywood for the shelving, which can be hard to source in the US. One alternative: Birch C-3 Plywood in a 3/4-inch thickness for shelving; a 4-by-8-feet panel is $44.97 at Home Depot.

Above: Elements of Design Single Handle Faucet in polished chrome; $193.17 at eFaucets.

Above: The exposed light sockets can be created using a Standard Porcelain Lamp Socket; $6.99 at Aubuchon Hardware.

If you’re looking for other ways to use affordable concrete blocks, see Remodelista’s post DIY: Concrete Block Bed Base.

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9:05PM PST on Nov 23, 2012


7:57AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

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6:34AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Kind of cool actually. I like the minimalist look after the chaos of my own kitchen while my family was growing up.

11:12AM PST on Nov 15, 2012

I like the look of this, I'm not sure if this fits my taste though....

9:28AM PST on Nov 15, 2012

I think it's actually quite beautiful.

1:34AM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

11:21PM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Very resourceful, I like :-)

9:20PM PST on Nov 14, 2012

The top photo reminds me of India for some reason.

9:15PM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Heavy looking.

9:12PM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Great ideas. Thanks.

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Sounds great, thank you for sharing!

Well, that's a way to see avocados in a whole new light. Not to mention shape and size. Thanks.

Thank you.


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