I had the pleasure of visiting the home of one of my latest clients to see the final product. There are no pictures at this time, they were still moving back in and not ready to share the final result. Stay tuned for an update. I can however share with you the process and thinking of the new design.
The story starts just under a year ago when Matt (the contractor I work with) called me up and asked me to tag along to a meeting he had set up with a new client. I recognized the neighbourhood and to my surprise we pull into the driveway of a house I had rented with some girlfriends over 10 years ago. They had done some renovations since then but they had called us in to do the fun part, the kitchen!
When they answered the door, another similarity popped out, literally…..the client and I were both pregnant and expecting at the same time. Therefor we had a very strict deadline to adhere to.
- Redesign kitchen for more space
- Create play space for twins
- Keep design flexible for adapting to changing needs of the future
- Update bathroom
- Access bathroom from kitchen
- Incorporate a fireplace
How we did it.
- Removed fireplace between kitchen and living room
- Installed fireplace in living room to be seen from kitchen, dining and living room
- Elongated kitchen against west wall and added an island
- Added door to bathroom
- Tiled kitchen, dining, kid area and bathroom to unify the space. (colour not accurate in sketch above)
Here is a glimpse into what it was like before we started.
Here we see he edge of the brick fireplace jutting into the room separating dining room from living room. In the new design the fireplace is removed and this area is turned into the “kid zone” giving the children a central place to play under the watchful eye of the parents no matter where they are. This gives the parents flexibility to perform a variety of tasks while staying close to the kids.
Now looking through that same opening we can see straight into the kitchen, dining room and through the kids play space.
On the opposite side of the fireplace and to the right was this long narrow kitchen with a pass though to the dining table. In the new design a door is put where the stove is here and gives access to the updated bathroom. The sink remains under the window.
Here is what it looks like all gutted!
Here is the bookshelf wall that is updated with a new stone fireplace. We used the cavity of the recessed shelves in the centre to set the fireplace as far back as possible into the wall and minimizing the encroachment into the living room.
Here is the view of the living room seen from the new kitchen.
Here it is under construction.
This building has great bones. Beautiful cedar post and beam structure and ceiling finish makes a beautiful back drop for any design. Timeless.
Cedar walls bring this detail to the vertical and horizontal.
Stay tuned for photos of the finished product!