The latest happy client.

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.

Goal:

  • 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
Updating a home towards open concept.  www.yourperfectspace.ca

Updating a home towards open concept. http://www.yourperfectspace.ca

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.

Me (6 months pregnant) sitting at the dining table reviewing design options. Picture by Matt Smith (contractor) www.yourperfectspace.ca

Me (6 months pregnant) sitting at the dining table reviewing design options. Picture by Matt Smith (contractor) http://www.yourperfectspace.ca

Now looking through that same opening we can see straight into the kitchen, dining room and through the kids play space.

Unobstructed view though the house and a place for the kids to play. www.yourperfectspace.ca

Unobstructed view though the house and a place for the kids to play. http://www.yourperfectspace.ca

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.

The sink remains under the window. www.yourperfectspace.ca

The sink remains under the window. http://www.yourperfectspace.ca

The old fireplace has been removed but the old kitchen is still intact. A dividing wall will be rebuilt over the two steel posts. www.yourperfectspace.ca

The old fireplace has been removed but the old kitchen is still intact. A dividing wall will be rebuilt over the two steel posts. http://www.yourperfectspace.ca

Galley kitchen with pass through removed to make space for an island. www.yourperfectspace.ca

Galley kitchen with pass through removed to make space for an island. http://www.yourperfectspace.ca

Seating at kitchen island www.yourperfectspace.ca

Seating at kitchen island http://www.yourperfectspace.ca

Here is what it looks like all gutted!

Here is the gutted kitchen. www.yourperfectspace.ca

Here is the gutted kitchen. http://www.yourperfectspace.ca

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.

View into living room from behind the new island. www.yourperfectspace.ca

View into living room from behind the new island. http://www.yourperfectspace.ca

Here it is under construction.

New fireplace. Bottom to be in stone, top painted in dark grey. www.yourperfectspace.ca

New fireplace. Bottom to be in stone, top painted in dark grey. http://www.yourperfectspace.ca

This building has great bones.  Beautiful cedar post and beam structure and ceiling finish makes a beautiful back drop for any design.  Timeless.

Beautiful high ceiling with cedar beams and cedar tongue and groove finish. www.yourperfectspace.ca

Beautiful high ceiling with cedar beams and cedar tongue and groove finish. http://www.yourperfectspace.ca

Cedar walls bring this detail to the vertical and horizontal.

Beautiful cedar post and beam construction in a modern style. Cedar walls give a country edge to a modern layout. www.yourperfectspace.ca

Beautiful cedar post and beam construction in a modern style. Cedar walls give a country edge to a modern layout. http://www.yourperfectspace.ca

Stay tuned for photos of the finished product!

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