A place to gather

Since moving into this home in 2011, we've had big plans to change {almost} every square inch. I mean, it was a builder-grade home plopped in a custom-home kind of neighbourhood. We loved it's potential and so many of the existing elements, like its hardwood floors, big master bedroom, and the Hardie Board exterior.

Altima Kitchens: cabinetry & installation

The kitchen, however, was the one space that seemed to be finished as an after thought. The home's builder installed a pre-fab kitchen that was poorly planned and lacked much-needed storage. Given that it was totally "livable" we decided to table the renovation for a few years until we knew exactly what we needed out of the space and what we wanted out of a custom kitchen. 

I had a firm vision in my head of how I wanted the overall space to look and function, but I needed some help getting there. We enlisted the help of Kate + Amanda Design to help steer us in the right direction and (most importantly) decide on finishes. We had four main goals for our new kitchen.... 

Storage, Storage, and more Storage:  

We were desperate for a functional and more useable space for our family of four. The existing kitchen had a great breakfast nook that was underutilized: it housed some make-shift storage and our dining table, so our first priority was to build this area out with custom cabinetry. We added open shelving to both sides of the window and  closed storage at the top and bottom of the shelving. This allowed us to create window bench seating and a home to store our special occasion tableware that doesn't get used very often.

adding prep-space:

The layout of our kitchen could accommodate a large, working island for some additional counter space. We moved the sink and dishwasher to the island from where it was in front of the window. We also added a beverage fridge in the island (juice boxes, bubbly water, or vino anyone?) and some more storage at the back.

clutter be-gone: 

By removing all of the existing cabinetry from the main wall, we had to be extra clever and create storage wherever we could. I love having a clutter-less countertop. Like, bare, sparse, simple, and orderly. So this was a BIG challenge. Since our old kitchen lacked storage, I had everything from cereal boxes, espresso machines, toasters, and other junk on our counters. We opted for a ceiling to counter solution on the far wall that flanks the panelled fridge. Everything has a place now, all neatly tucked away. And drawers. So many drawers.

make a statement:

Between our colour choice, finishes and the oversized hood fan, I knew this kitchen would be a standout. We opted for gold hardware to vibe with the rest of the house and stuck with a neutral palette for everything else with touches of natural wood. The matte black Rubinet faucet is one of my favourite pieces in the kitchen. Not quite modern, not quite traditional. And coincidentally, that's exactly how I'd describe the rest of my kitchen.