An inventory of features with high-end characteristics.
No singular design style or upscale feature qualifies as luxurious. But one thing is for certain, the price of a luxury kitchen is in the area of at least $100,000. And take note that appliances can be 35 per cent of the budget. If you’re considering a high-end renovation, have a look at this checklist for suggestions on where to allocate the budget.
◆ Large islands
◆ Granite or quartz countertops
◆ Custom cabinets that extend to the ceiling
◆ Hardwood, stone or premium tile flooring
◆ Multiple lighting applications (decorative, under-counter, general)
◆ Stone, glass or premium tile backsplashes
◆ High-end appliances, such as: Miele, Thermador, Wolf, Sub-Zero, Fisher & Paykel
◆ Large counter-depth refrigerators and multiple ovens and dishwashers
◆ Eat-in seating areas at an island or an integrated breakfast section
◆ Glass-faced cabinets or custom-designed doors
◆ Multiple faucets: sink, bar, filtered water, instant hot water. A pull-down sprayer is a must-have for the serious chef
◆ Extra-large gas cooktops with grilles remain popular, accompanied by industrialstyle hoods
◆ Alternately, modern-styled kitchens may have sleek induction cooktops with minimally visible hoods
CABINET OPTIONS Whether your style is traditional, transitional or modern, colour schemes will vary, but most are white or natural wood.
◆ Trends in wood include walnut with a horizontal grain. White mixed with grey is trending
◆ Modern designs have a sleek European look with white-gloss cabinetry and minimal hardware
◆ Shaker-type cabinetry is preferred, but treated to resemble furniture rather than cookie-cutter built-ins
HIGH-STYLE STORAGE When planning your kitchen, think carefully about storage capacity and placement. There are many great options to help you become more efficient in the kitchen.
◆ Pullout pantries and spice organizers
◆ Custom organizers to make the most of corner cabinets
◆ Luxury kitchens typically have extra deep stainless steel sinks with sink grids and integrated strainers. Many have two or three sinks
◆ Dishwasher drawers and microwave drawers
◆ Cooks sometimes prefer no upper cabinets, but this minimizes storage space. Open shelving is lovely, but only if you’re committed to neatly stacking dishes for display
Although luxury kitchens come at a high cost, the end result is immeasurable.
DESIGNER/BUILDER SAMANTHA SANNELLA/ DMITRY ZHERINOV: Urban Retreat Homes, samanthasannella.com
CABINETRY: Nasco Fine Cabinetry, 416.573.4114