All aspects of the kitchen were condensed to provide a more spacious open concept eating area and living space. A smaller euro inspired fridge and pantry were designed to integrate into the millwork, rather than being the central features of a conventional kitchen. The original, ineffective island was oversized and impractical. The new ‘island’ was decreased in size and relocated to function as a galley kitchen, increasing efficiency by providing prep surface, counter seating, additional storage and “right height” microwave shelving (perfect for small children’s helping hands.)
Several unique decorative elements were incorporated to match the couple’s aesthetic preferences. The use of stainless steel is a common element throughout, appearing in the open shelves, kitchen appliances, as a magnet board to display children’s artwork and ‘honey do’ lists, and is also repeated on the toe-kick for the cabinets. It is further incorporated into other areas beyond the kitchen as the table-top for the adjacent eating area and other decorative elements. Another design feature in the kitchen is the appearance of multi-level tiers, drawing your eye to various levels throughout the kitchen. In combination with the custom glass backsplash of gradient greys, the long horizontal and vertical “blocks” do not permit your gaze to wander the room. It forces the fixation on particular aspects, and yet works as a cohesive element, tying the room together. Finally, the colours throughout the space, while bright on their own, soften each other when combined. The stainless steel, grey tone backsplash, grey quartz countertops and natural yellow maple and soft yellow lacquer custom cabinets complement each other perfectly into a kitchen that is uniquely theirs.