It’s been a while since I’ve published a blog and I’ve been meaning to get back to it for longer than I’d like to admit. Between kiddos and clients the past few months, leisure time for blogging has been sparse. I’ve got a lot of great blog topics floating around in my head (some thanks to questions from social media followers) that I am going to make more of a consistent effort to share here.
We have had a really great past few months. Some major renovations have wrapped up, a few amazing custom home designs now have holes in the ground for construction to begin, and let’s not forget the ongoing projects that are currently either in design or construction phase. There’s never really a dull moment around here.
Today I’m sharing Christina & Neil’s kitchen renovation project with you. They had me over to take a look at their existing kitchen space which was a bit tired, but also very small. Christina really wanted an island and increased storage space. She also wanted a bright, white kitchen.
The white kitchen was the easy part. The island wasn’t going to be achievable without moving some walls around and re-allocating space. There was more than adequate square footage on the main floor of the home, but it was all very compartmentalized and not utilized well at all. The kitchen was small. The separate dining room was small. And then, there was this awkward room off the kitchen that could maybe have been an office or something? It had a lovely (not really lovely) interior frosted glass window in it for that extra added touch.
To make space for an island, and to create a floor plan that flowed while maximizing function and storage, we removed the wall between the kitchen and small dining room. The kitchen was expanded into that space. Next up, we said goodbye to the wall between the kitchen and the awkward room. It now houses a beautiful dining space.
There were a lot of great features in the home that could stay as is. Christina has great taste so we wanted to make sure we incorporated her existing style aesthetic into the new space so there wasn’t a stark contrast between the new and old. The hardwood flooring in the home also wasn’t that old, so they were able to grab more and complete the remaining parts of the main floor once the walls were removed.
The gentlemen over at Collaborative Construction did a fantastic job, as usual, installing the kitchen. We increased the storage and working space two-fold by extending the length of the space, and adding in an expansive island with seating for 5. A range hood over the gas stove leans more towards a custom feel, while the built-in microwave hangs out in the island. We also added a beverage fridge at the dining room end of the island for easy entertaining. Glass-fronted cabinets and under-cabinet lighting add a touch of brightness to the space. Our friends at Luxury Granite installed the Caesarstone quartz countertops as the icing on the cabinet cake (I’m clever, I know).
In the new dining room, the design plan consisted of a new mantle and coat of paint on the existing brick fireplace, which was complimented by the dark muddy grey wall behind it (Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal). To soften the space, we added some drapery panels on each window flanking the fireplace. A beautiful fixture from Richardson Lighting hangs over the dining table, and Christina has styled the room in her playful, eclectic style.
In the front living room and entry, a new paint colour was all that was needed to refresh the space. Like I said, Christina already had some great pieces and knows her way around styling a space. I was able to come in to provide the kitchen design and some ideas for pulling all of the spaces together. This was much more of a collaboration with our client than it was us directing them. I was able to provide a bit of a sounding board so she would be confident that her ideas would fit in the space, be the right texture, scale, or style.