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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Past Member 2 years ago

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Sandra Costa
Sandra Costa5 years ago


Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

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Angie B.
Angela B5 years ago

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

Jacqueline Fonseca

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

Laura M.
Past Member 5 years ago

I think it's actually quite beautiful.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider5 years ago

Very resourceful, I like :-)

Kathy K.
Kathy K5 years ago

The top photo reminds me of India for some reason.