This dated kitchen did not match the timeless elegance of the remainder of the residence. The client wanted to dramatically update her kitchen & after living 30+ years with a kitchen she never really liked, no expense was spared to do so. First step was to create a layout that created not only adequate storage but the appropriate type of storage. The original kitchen had a layout that prioritized counter space & minimized storage. One item that we really wanted to give the client was a really functional walk in pantry to solve the bulk of the storage issues. This was no easy task as the house shape is laid out on a triangular grid. Since the dinette area was surrounded by large windows & brought in tons of natural light, we actually removed & covered up a window to make room for some tall cabinets. This also allowed us to create a cooking side of the kitchen & an entertaining side of the kitchen. The cooking side of the island has a fairly tight work triangle considering the kitchen size & the entertaining side has an eating bar & walk up coffee bar with a plumbed in coffee maker.
The custom cabinetry, like in most kitchen renovations, is the bulk of the workload. These cabinets really take the cake. Every drawer & flip up door is motorized, meaning with a simple touch, a flip up doors raise to the ceiling & then come back down just as easily by touching a tiny button on the cabinet interior. The cabinet interiors have a stainless look with stainless drawer boxes & are all individually lit with led lighting. The cabinets are also outfitted with lots of useful accessories, like pull down shelving & step ladders in the toe kicks to access high shelves where pulldown shelving wasn't possible. Every detail was carefully planned from the almost invisible switches & receptacles to the completely hidden computer desk.
The appliances are all beautiful stainless steel & fully integrated into the kitchen. A cook & hostesses dream with double ovens, warming drawers, 72 inches of fridge/freezer, large gas cooktop, plumbed in coffee centre & wine fridge. The range on the island has down draft fan that raises from the countertop with the touch of a button that's elegantly set into the quartz countertop. The island sink is the ultimate prep sink, a integrated rinsing feature sprays water over the entirety of the sink to that make food disposal easy.
All this was treated with a fairly simple colour palette to be different than the remainder of the house but still blend in. The client loved the teal that swirled through the quartz countertop so that became the inspiration for all the teal accents. The remainder stayed very neutral as not to detract from the accent colour or contrast the rest of the house. Quarter sawn oak with a subtle colouring & low sheen comprised the cabinets. Maple floors were chosen as the lack of graining makes for a nice clean look that wouldn't fight with the more prominent oak cabinets. A light warm grey colour was used on the walls & ceiling. Stainless accents & teal glass finish the space off, including a custom crushed teal glass table.
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