The Ease of Entertaining
There were many challenges to this kitchen prior to its makeover:
Insufficient lighting, No traffic flow, Height of individual cooks, Low ceilings, Dark, Cluttered, No space for entertaining, Enclosed space, Appliances blocking traffic, Inadequate counter prep space. With so many problems there was only one solution - gut the space including the surrounding areas like the dining room and living rooms to be able to create an open concept.
We eliminated the upper wall cabinets, installed extra windows to bring in the natural light, added plenty of lighting,( for task, general, and decorative aspects) We kept colors warm and light throughout, Created a wall of tall utility cabinets, incorporating appliances and a multitude of functional storage. Designed cabinets to blend into the space. By removing all existing surrounding walls and landing step a larger footprint was designed to house an oversize island with different heights for each cooks’ comfort, thus being able to pass through easily, giving a traffic flow space between 42” to 60”. The Island was designed for better entertainment, prep work and plenty of storage but taking into consideration to NOT over dominate the space and obtrude the line of site. The use of warm tone materials such as natural walnut is the key element to the space and by adding it to the niche area, it balances the contrast of the light colors and creates a richness and warmth to the space.
Some of the special features used where:
Hidden practical elements added to be very functional yet unobtrusive; ie: garage door to hide all small appliances, a step ladder hidden inside the toe kick, food processor lift ,basket tilt at sink area, pull out coffee station. All features require less bending and heavy lifting.
Under mount LED strip lighting at lunch counter and Niche area, Enhances the area and gives a floating appearance.
Wine service area for easy entertaining, and self service. Concealed vent system at cook top, is not only practical but enhances the clean line design concept. Because of the low ceiling a large over head hood would have broken up line of site.
The kitchen cabinets doors are made of a flat euro style MDF (medium density fiberboard) base polyurethane lacquer and a vertical glassing application. The Kitchen island cabinet doors are also made out of MDF – large stile shaker doors color: BM-HC-83 ( grant beige) and the lunch counter cabinet doors as well as accentuating elements throughout the kitchen are made in a natural walnut veneer.
Mike Prentice from Bluerock Cabinets
Hanstone color: sandcastle
supplied by Leeza Distribution of St. Laurent.
The GE monogram induction mirror 36” cooktop was supplied by J.C. Perreault - Kirkland as were all the other appliances. They include a 42” counter depth fridge, a 30” convection combination built-in oven and microwave, a 24” duel temperature wine cellar and 36” (pop-up) downdraft vent 900 cfm by KitchenAid – Architect series II
porcelain tiles Model: city view Color: skyline gray
supplied by Daltile of St. Laurent.
Four pendants provide the lighting over the island and lunch counter supplemented by recessed LED lighting from Shortall Electric Ltd. of St. Laurent.
Laminated Renaissance Hand scrapped color saddle oak is commercial-grade AC3 that can withstand the heavy traffic flow
supplied by Taiga Forest Products of Boucherville.