Our client bought an older expansive bungalow south of Manotick with a stunning waterfront backyard. This beautiful setting became the foundation for our open concept Kitchen and Family Room Design. Besides the usual great functional requirements, the client wanted a ‘Rockstar’ visual kitchen to complement an eclectic collection of Mid-Century Furniture and objects. The reclaimed Northern Wide plank Oak hardwood (colour: Mill creek, collection: Artifax), floor provides a rustic and comfortable grounding to the crisp modernism of the kitchen. The floor is especially practical as the inevitable scratches from the family dog can be easily corrected by the client.
The Kitchen features a ‘Bridge’ design of walnut cabinetry surrounding the pro-style fridge and freezer. Other appliances are clustered with demi-tall pantries and form an interesting linear definition that suits the ‘Long’ Room of Kitchen and Family Room. A walnut Eating Bar and walnut interior for the dish pantry complete the triad of walnut in the Kitchen. High gloss white cabinets featuring handle-free design are topped with gray quartz. The stunning Noble Grey light marble backsplash is installed with a Horizontal grain to complement the linear definition.
The Family Room features an offset linear fireplace that is balanced with a substantial walnut entertainment unit. The awkward and unmoveable doorway was incorporated into the design to create the effect of a unit that is much larger than it actually is. The walnut wood matches the Kitchen but is installed with a horizontal grain, repeating the character of the kitchen backsplash.
‘Rockstar’ Kitchen on the Rideau Review
We purchased a bungalow on the Rideau River in Manotick, in need of a makeover. Our goal was to have the open concept kitchen and family room reflect our personal style while adding functionality. It was also important for this space to have the flexibility of family life during the week and entertaining space on weekends.
After meeting Friedemann and his team, I was content that we had made the right decision. I have to say, I myself felt as though I was part of their team, making decisions along the way while being supported by talent and expertise. I kept thinking, this is how it should be done.
We are thrilled with the results, which exceeded our expectations. When we get home now from work, we feel like we're stepping into a magazine, its a true showpiece. And the biggest compliment is this; when guests arrive at our home now, they pull out their phones to take photos.