This lovely home is centrally located in a great neighborhood with stunning views that overlook the entire valley. The home itself is well built and features real hardwood floors throughout. The home came with a really nice layout, but because of the way the kitchen and dining room were designed, it made the kitchen and dining room space feel small. The poor kitchen cabinet layout also made it difficult for two people or more to be working in the kitchen without bumping into each other.
When I first met with our client, we sat down and discussed her vision for her kitchen. The plan was to create a new space better suited for entertaining her guests, providing additional storage space for her kitchen items, and to take advantage of one of the greatest assets of the home-The amazing view. At our first meeting we discussed a few potential design options, as well as some products that would look great, fit the budget, and meet the desired outcomes. After our first meeting, I set out to design a new kitchen space based on our conversation, and as I was doing that our client met with Sandra Pokorny from The Edit in Kamloops. Sandra is an accomplished interior designer who did a great job helping our client with planning the kitchen lighting, choosing paint colours, selecting the perfect quartz countertops and tile for the kitchen, and finding the right handles to compliment the kitchen cabinets. Sandra also did a great job staging the living and dining room to create a good flow between the existing spaces and the new kitchen.
The biggest challenge was increasing cabinet space without losing counterspace, or seating space in the kitchen area as just adding more pantry space would decrease countertop space, or increasing the cabinet footprint would not leave enough space to be able to keep the kitchen table and chairs. In the end, it was decided to eliminate the peninsula and replace it with a 7′ island with enough seating to replace the kitchen table. The kitchen cabinets were extended down the length of the back wall with a built in wall oven and built in microwave. A separate induction cooktop was also planned into the design to help create a more seamless, open space. Lastly, the wall between the kitchen and the dining room was removed to give more space for the kitchen island, and to provide a more panoramic view of the valley by creating a visual sightline through the living room windows in addition to the existing patio doors in the kitchen.