Forestvale Dream – Initially this project began as a quick update a few years ago with a little paint and decorative accessories, so when Paul and Rebecca contacted me in September of 2015, I was excited to hear that they were ready to fully update their tired 1990s home.
The kitchen space was visually dated, but it also lacked the proper flow. Some of the major problems were, the existing peninsula cut off the kitchen from the dinette, small useless uppers blocked the windows, the walk-in pantry was a waste of space because of the odd angles, and the wall of glass uppers and desk like countertop made for a messy catch all that was unsightly.
With my clients being big entertainers and having very busy lifestyles with 2 lovely children, my design solution needed to be simple and efficient, but afford my clients the visual impact that defined their style and wowed their many guests.
My solution involved removing the peninsula to create better flow to and from the exterior patio door. I grouped all of the upper cabinets together and wrapped the upper storage around a now much more functional corner. I removed the pantry and inset the fridge and freezer into its cavity, which also allowed me to open up the entry into the dining room. In order to make up for the lost pantry, I wrapped the adjacent wall in floor to ceiling cabinets, while still maintaining a message centre.
Some of my favorite features of this kitchen are the island height and material changes, the full height quartz backsplash behind the custom designed hood, and the ceiling detail that adds much needed light to the space.