Kitchen in century-old semi doubled in size and efficiency.
In the original design of this 100-year-old, semi-detached house, the small kitchen at the back was enclosed. As a consequence, the 600-square-foot main floor seemed even more constricted. By demolishing a partition wall and emphasizing the view to the back of the house, the space became grander and brighter.
A new casement window was added at the back (with no mullions) to increase the natural light and provide a view to the back garden. And a full-lite glass door at the back stairs visually extends the space as well. The back stair hall was painted in a bright, cheerful colour and adorned with artwork to become a gallery space. Neutral colours, Gardenia and Wish by Benjamin Moore, were used in the main area to provide a subtle contrast while reflecting the light in the space.
UPSIZING THE KITCHEN
As much as we intended to increase the kitchen footprint, we also needed to consider space-saving options. We enlisted the expertise of a custom cabinet company to build a transitional style kitchen that accommodated the existing appliances and made use of every square inch of cabinetry.
To optimize storage, these essential space-saving features were implemented: roll-out shelves; pull-out garbage container, multiple-shelf unit in the corner cabinet, a pantry with a hidden broom closet, extra-tall upper cabinets, and a small wine refrigerator was installed in the island.
For the countertop, we chose Bianco Antico granite from Brazil, which shows a soft-grey background with warm taupe and pink flecks. To complement the granite, Feiss Hounslow pendant lights in oilrubbed bronze with mercury glass were selected. The homeowner splurged on a “dream sink” and selected an apron-front Kraus sink.
A key design feature is the concealed LeGrand’s under-counter lighting and electrical system. This eliminated the need for electrical plates in the backsplash. The modular system includes USB, adjustable LEDs, electrical outlets, IPAD/tablet holders, and a speaker system for music.
During demolition, it was discovered that the floor sloped two inches toward the semi’s main dividing wall. After levelling, solid acacia wood flooring was installed. Acacia is a cost-effective, durable exotic wood with a rapid growth pattern, making it one of the more sustainable flooring options.
SOURCES: DESIGN, Samantha Sannella, Urban Retreat Homes CONSTRUCTION, Slav Renovations CABINETS, AB Custom Kitchens COUNTERTOP, stoneedge.ca WALLPAPER, scalamandre.com PAINT, benjaminmoore.com CABINET LIGHTING, legrand.ca/adorne.aspx TILE, thetilestore.ca VANITY, torontovanity.com FLOORING, kraususa.com LIGHTING, feiss.com
Photography: Urban Retreat Homes