The finished kitchen renovation is a fantastic size, but you’d never know that before we renovated. Similar to many older homes, the kitchen design contained a massive peninsula separating the kitchen workspace and the dining area. In this specific home, from the “before” photos, you can see the peninsula also had upper cabinets that ran right through the middle of the room.

Our home design-build team swaps the client’s peripheral-blocking peninsula for a kitchen island

From the moment we set foot in our client’s home, we knew exactly how to reimagine their space and renovate their kitchen to make it feel double the size. To start the kitchen transformation into the grand space you see now, we first took down their dated cabinetry and peninsula, swapping it out with a kitchen island that uses shimmering dark grey cabinetry with a high-contrast, bright, off-white quartz countertop.

Home design improvements are throughout this kitchen renovation

The new kitchen island creates so much more functionality and storage — creating the perfect place to host casual gatherings for this family. However, our functionality renovation upgrades didn’t stop there. After we gutted the home’s kitchen to the studs, we reworked the plumbing to allow us to center the kitchen sink under the window.

We also widened the opening leading from the kitchen to the living room. This change helped to increase the connection of the kitchen to the rest of the home. Removing an inefficient closet made way for a wall of kitchen storage in the form of two floor-to-ceiling cabinets. In between the additional storage is the homeowner’s coffee bar – the first place they visit when they wake up in the morning.

In addition to functionality and flow improvements everywhere, the kitchen renovation features a warm, neutral colour palette, highlighted by two-tone cabinets – a rich, dark brownish grey with a light cool-blue grey for the upper cabinets. We rounded out this kitchen renovation with new vinyl plank flooring in a natural warm wood tone.

The home design goal was for the kitchen renovation to modernize the space while maintaining classic appeal – so the kitchen finally fit in with the rest of the home.


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