I am so excited about today’s post, as this project was a long time in the making! Having started this kitchen just over a year ago; both the client and I were thrilled to see months of planning, designing and hard work finally come together!
The existing kitchen was that of a typical builders “cookie cutter” layout. It was extremely dark with three awkwardly placed mixed matched light fixtures. The cabinets had been painted a few years back for a quick and easy face lift, but it did nothing to address the almost complete lack of storage in the kitchen.
The great debate was the load bearing wall that divided the kitchen from the family room. It needed to come down!! That being said, taking down a load bearing wall isn’t as easy as it sounds. Structurally we needed to add a beam and this ate into a HUGE part of the budget. We tried multiple layout options that allowed us to keep the wall in, but they all came up flat. So, we all agreed that in order to achieve the perfect layout that crossed all the items off our list; the wall had to go!! And what a difference it made!
Here are the before pictures….
Wanting to maximize the height of the upper cabinets, we opted to rip down the bulkhead and extend the units right to the ceiling. In doing this, it instantly added height and an additional six inches of upper cabinet storage. However, upon tearing down the bulkhead we found duct work and plumbing that needed to be covered. This was solved by boxing into the riser and finishing up to the ceiling with a simple crown moulding. An elegant and practical solution!
Along with taking down the bulkhead and wall, the home-owner had a long list of additional ” must haves”,these items were at the top of her list.
- AN ISLAND: The only way we were able to achieve this was by taking down the wall. The results speak for them selves.
- A LARGE PANTRY: We eliminated the useless desk and filled it with a practical pantry that housed four roll-out shelves and a perfect spot for a microwave.
- LOTS OF DRAWERS: Eliminating the awkward “u-shape” kitchen allowed for extra long run of counters on either side of the stove, thus giving us the space we needed for pot and pan drawers. The original layout had a total of 4 drawers, but with the new layout she ended up with 10 drawers!!
- ECO-FRIENDLY GARBAGE/ RECYCLE CENTRE: Although the island wasn’t large enough to house the bins, we found the perfect spot beside the fridge. This was the system that we used. No more exposed garbage!!
So lo and behold, here is the after…
The new kitchen is birght and welcoming and I am sure the clients will love it for years to come! I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.
Here are a list of Skilled Trades and Suppliers:
- All of the custom cabinetry was manufactured and installed by our talented team at BND WOODWORKING
- The renovations were professionally done by NORTH WAY HOMES
- Caesarstone Counters (5141 Frosty Carrina) were installed by STONEX
Thanks so much for stopping by!