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Fresh and functional kitchen renovation takes on a minimalist look

Fresh kitchen renovation takes on a minimalist look

A freshly renovated kitchen takes on a minimalist look Author: Angus Fergusson

Kitchen

Fresh and functional kitchen renovation takes on a minimalist look

The fetching minimalist look of this newly renovated kitchen was achieved with careful consideration of every square inch of space.


The busy professionals who own this 14-year-old midtown Toronto home were fed up with their outdated cookie-cutter kitchen, especially the seating arrangement. The table was positioned right smack in the middle of the room – which is fully open to the living area – obstructing the flow and blocking the entrance to the backyard. In addition to much smarter seating, the couple wanted to maximize storage space, so they turned to designer Stacey Cohen to give the kitchen a fresh, simple, clean-lined look and make it fully functional.

 

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Kitchen renovation: Fresh and functional

Kitchen problem: Before

An out-of-style, spatially awkward kitchen.

By: Lesley Young Source: Angus Fergusson; styling by Stacy Begg Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Fresh and functional

Kitchen layout: Solution

Devise a layout to achieve optimum flow.

By: Lesley Young Source: Angus Fergusson; styling by Stacy Begg Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Fresh and functional

Kitchen renovation: After

The homeowners splurged on tailor-made cabinetry to get all the storage they needed but saved money by choosing cost-effective appliances. The custom range hood – a specialty vent insert surrounded by black-painted MDF – cost 20 percent less than a store-bought version. An inlay of black and white marble basket weave floor tiles elegantly marks the entrance to the backyard.

By: Lesley Young Source: Angus Fergusson; styling by Stacy Begg Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Fresh and functional

Custom grey cabinets

The cabinet doors open up to reveal ceiling-high storage space. “We went with a fairly streamlined profile to keep the look minimalistic,” says designer Stacey Cohen. “Painting the cabinets white would have been too stark, so we coated them in a soft grey to tie in with the transitional bones of the home.”

By: Lesley Young Source: Angus Fergusson; styling by Stacy Begg Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Fresh and functional

Elegant sink

The Caesarstone sink front provides a high-end feel.

By: Lesley Young Source: Angus Fergusson; styling by Stacy Begg Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Fresh and functional

Pop of colour

Adding a burst of colour with fruit keeps the minimalist vibe of the kitchen while providing a quick break from the grey cabinets and white countertops.

By: Lesley Young Source: Angus Fergusson; styling by Stacy Begg Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Fresh and functional

Adding subtle texture

The white-painted brick veneer wall and faux croc banquette add subtle texture to the space. To further keep the look simple, Stacey (pictured) not only used Caesarstone on the countertops and backsplash but also had it cut into a tabletop for the banquette.

By: Lesley Young Source: Angus Fergusson; styling by Stacy Begg Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Fresh and functional

Useful corners

What might have been dead space was turned into a functional corner with the addition of a built-in microwave.

By: Lesley Young Source: Angus Fergusson; styling by Stacy Begg Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Fresh and functional

Simple yet functional

"My clients really enjoy the space now," says Stacey. "It goes to show how much our environment truly affects us."

By: Lesley Young Source: Angus Fergusson; styling by Stacy Begg Credits: Style at Home
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Fresh and functional kitchen renovation takes on a minimalist look