This kitchen renovation is in a late mid-century split level. It formerly featured closed off rooms with little or no communication with each other. The new owners, a young couple that both love cooking, gardening, and nature. They wanted a kitchen that was open with generous working space for cooking, and able to accommodate lots of friends. Most importantly, they wanted a design that would ‘give them a great view of their garden’.
Because there were no load bearing points, we were able to remove all of the walls that created the claustrophobic space and transformed it into a bright and sunny open concept. Closing off the previous window and door and adding a new patio door and matching window brought the garden into the dining area. The design stared from there. The heirloom table was a keeper so it was located first and the kitchen worked around those clearances.
A very generous island without any equipment was another must have. That requirement forced everything onto the remaining L-shaped part of the kitchen. That was very challenging because the corner was very awkward. The solution to this problem came by adding another floor to ceiling window. This gave another great garden view and was especially attractive as it is seen directly from the front door.
The kitchen layout was then three simple straight runs for a very clean contemporary look.
Horizontal grain matched cabinets in a mildly dark rift oak are harmonized with the wide plank oak flooring. The colours are well suited to the hint of industrial style creating a pleasant contrast to the pure modernism of the kitchen.