20 Oct / White Kitchens
28 Jun / Modern & Rustic
18 May / Classic Kitchen
This project started from a customer’s wish list of features they wanted incorporated into their kitchen. Major items were: an island that would fit six to eight people, a four foot built-in-fridge, a four foot Wolf gas range, a panelled dishwasher, two wine coolers, two double bins pull out garbage’s and, if possible, to fit a small TV. This place is located in downtown Oakville; a townhouse with a medium sized kitchen on the second floor. When we looked at the space it seemed impossible to even physically get those appliances to the second floor, not to mention actually the actual installation. The owners really wanted to have exactly what they had planned and nobody could talk them out of those ideas… and the list did not stop there. They also requested to add in a dumbwaiter into the kitchen since they are an older couple.
After many hours of braking walls and brainstorming in search of the right solution, it finally happened. We figured out a way and create a layout that would actually fit all those things that they wished to have in their new dream kitchen.
Customers like to entertain and have friends over for some wine socials. Many of the non-bearing walls were removed to create an open concept kitchen and connect the two rooms with an island that would fit eight of their closest friends.
Most parts of the kitchen were manufactured at the warehouse. Cabinets were made out of formaldehyde free melamine. Blum under mounted stainless slides were used for all the drawers. Decorative corbels were custom carved by our on-site professional wood carver. Because of the oversized appliances, we tried to use every inch possible into order to not lose any space. Pull out spice racks were put into decorative posts. Small cabinets have the pullout for spices. Decorative hood and panelling of the dumbwaiter was done on-site and then brought back to the shop for finishing.
In order to get the fridge and stove up to the second floor, one of the walls dividing hallway and the stairs had to be temporarily removed. Many people had to carry the appliances up the stairs (which was not an easy task).
The project had to be well organized and planned in order to bring all pieces to their final location. All parties involved had to communicate and work together to complete the project successfully and on time. Because of the complexity of the project, we fell 4 weeks behind schedule. However, both our customers and company ended up satisfied. It turned out to be beautiful, functional kitchen renovation. One thing we realized in this process has stayed with us ever since: there is always another side to the word impossible. Anything is possible.
16 May / Shaker Kitchen
These clients bought a house two years ago and finally had enough of their old dysfunctional kitchen. They wished to have something new and exciting. They really wanted a freestanding island where they could sit down and have their meals. One of the most important wishes was to keep it sharp and clean; incorporating stained glass was another requirement (and, of course, staying within the budget).
Its original form, with unattractive cabinets and a dropped bulkhead, had a limited the storage space and the pleasure to work in the most important room in the house. There was no room to fit an island and when the clients had guests, their narrow doorway which lead into the dining room made it very inconvenient to serve food. The fridge always felt out of place and a small table with chairs was blocking the walkway into the family room. An insufficient amount of drawers and poor cabinet planning kept a constant mass in the kitchen area. The kitchen felt closed and out of order.
Our new design incorporated a breakfast area, creating a better planned L-shaped kitchen that created a better flow from each room. To accomplish this flow and create a functional island, one of the walls separating the dining room had to be removed. The fridge was relocated and put in between the two shaker style columns which were designed to bond with the rest of the kitchens shaker doors and mouldings. Decorative shaker posts were used for the sink which was brought forward to break the straight line of the countertop and give it some more character as well as bring the attention to its stylish faucet. Two decorative columns on each side of the island made it stand out as a separate piece of furniture. The island was made out of pot drawers and an open cabinets with slide out baskets for fruits, making it easy to find and always available for their kids.
The decorative hood was kept simple, having one decorative stained glass window that connected the hood with the upper corner cabinet and over the window arch. Left and right upper and base cabinets beside the hood had pull out shelves for oil and spice storage. The magic corner unit was placed in the blind base cabinet for better use of storage space.
For the care of the environment and keeping the kitchen green, the finishing was done with a water-base chocolate stain. Customers really like the glazing effect, so water-based black glaze was applied on top and finished with lacquer.
The project was completed according to the planned time of eight weeks which left the homeowners pleased with the end result of both the look and function.
28 Mar / Transitional Kitchens
Transitional Kitchen Design
It has combined warm and soft styles of traditional kitchen designed that coordinate and work together with modern clean lines look. The characteristics show harmony and balance.
Transitional kitchens have simple shaker door. They could have some minor details just to soften the look. Its a very popular look because of its elegant and clean lines.
28 Mar / Modern Kitchen Design
Pure White Chocolate Kitchen
Mixing material and colors in kitchen adds flavor and design statement.
26 Jan / Art Nouveau Kitchen
Art Nouveau Kitchen
NKBA FIRST PLACE AWARD 2011
The design idea came from a style called Art Nouveau. It’s a very interesting style that gives movement using organic line motifs. Starting from clean curves and expanding into more interesting lines to the pantry unit storage. To emphasize the design, clear glass was used. The decorative hood is another focal point which we curved out with small diamond shape cut-outs. All parts and details of this kitchen were carved by hand and applied to other materials. The idea is to make this showpiece and show customers that their kitchen can achieve those ever-so-desired clean lines, attaining that modern look; creating a space into a work of art. The decorative posts on each side of the pot drawers have pull outs spice racks serving as both decorative and functional pieces. This showpiece was painted in gray tones with a sanded finish which adds more interest to the look and feel of the unit. Centerport of decorative hood and posts where filled with small plastic round ball that where painted a lighter sparkly grey tone which also adds to a different look.
26 Jan / Award Winning Kitchen Design 2009
Classical French Delight
These homeowners were building their house and they wanted a kitchen that would fit into their everyday life as a functional get together place. They wanted the kitchen to look classy and have more than one focal point; not wanting to end up with an overwhelming look, it was a requirement that each area have its own place.
They didn’t really know if they should include a centre island. After evaluating their needs and wants we came to the conclusion that they would like to have overhand for 3 people sitting comfortably. A large peninsula was the solution. Using a peninsula provided more storage as well as a larger overhang than the size of the island. Two decorative leaf corbels made it very presentable from the nice open area of the family room and highlighted the classic look. The same leaf design in a larger form was used on the decorative hood which created a union between the front and the main focal point of the kitchen.
The upper cabinet over the peninsula was designed with a detailed classic stained-glass design which was repeated on both diagonal upper corner cabinets. Some pieces of the stained glass were matched with the color of the countertop and the stone backsplash. All the glass cabinets had glass shelves and lights which were put on a separate switch.
A decorative valance over the window, as well as the decorative hood, was brought to the ceiling with the same size cabinets on each end keeping the window and stove area balanced as well as creating unique and interesting focal points. Woodcarving applied on the window valance had very similar designs and characteristics as the corbels and decorative pieces in the middle of the hood.
The customer’s kitchen wish list was completed successfully by establishing a few focal points, connecting all the pieces and making a classic design with a slight French influence.
26 Jan / Modern Gray Kitchen and Ebony Island
Ebony Grey High Gloss Modern Kitchen
2011 NKBA National Design Competition
First Place for Showroom Display
2011 NKBA Canadian Design Competition
Third Place for Showroom Display
2009 NKBA Canadian Design Competition
Honorable Mention for Large Kitchen