Kitchen
Mar 26, 2015

Kitchen renovation: Sophisticated formal design

By: Jennifer Hughes
Kitchen renovation: Sophisticated formal design

Take a tour of this charming kitchen reno. Author: Joe Kim

Kitchen
Mar 26, 2015

Kitchen renovation: Sophisticated formal design

By: Jennifer Hughes

Two small rooms become one expansive kitchen/dining area with a sophisticated, formal look. The space is a ready gathering spot for a family of five, as well as their many guests.

The idea of a separate kitchen and formal dining room no longer makes sense for many families. However, homeowners Linda Paterson Bier and Peter Bier made do with the original 1930s-era kitchen in their Toronto house for a decade before jumping into a big renovation. Linda craved a functional space for everyday family meals and entertaining guests.

"We wanted to stay within the existing walls, as opposed to adding on," says Linda. Friend and designer Karen Kayne opened up the kitchen to the dining room to create a long, 400-square-foot cooking space and eat-in area. A window was closed off to allow for an extended run of cabinetry along one wall, while the door to the backyard was removed to make way for French doors. "Any light lost from removing the window was more than gained back with the double doors," says Karen.

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Kitchen renovation: Sophisticated formal design

Awkward layout before

As the family of five grew, the awkward layout of the kitchen became more of an issue.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Joe Kim Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Sophisticated formal design

Floorplan

Formerly two separate rooms, this open-concept kitchen layout includes an eat-in area (the home's only dining space), a multi-functional nook and French doors that lead to the backyard.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Joe Kim Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Sophisticated formal design

Pale grey design

The kitchen's pale grey colour scheme contributes to its refined elegant vibe. Glass-fronted cabinets flanking the window are lit at night for a soft glow.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Joe Kim Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Sophisticated formal design

French doors

French doors give the kids and the family's chocolate Lab easy access to the backyard. Porcelain floor tiles that mimic travertine are a durable choice for such a high-traffic space.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Joe Kim Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Sophisticated formal design

Dining area

Since this is the home's only dining area, a round table and cane-backed chairs were chosen to lend a more formal feel for intimate dinner parties hosted by homeowner Linda Paterson Bier.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Joe Kim Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Sophisticated formal design

Multi-purpose surface

Designer Karen Kayne ingeniously added a marble surface with built-in drawers to the bay window nook. It acts as a buffet space for entertaining and as a homework hub during the week (with the addition of one of the cane-backed dining chairs).

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Joe Kim Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen renovation: Sophisticated formal design

Refined aesthetic

The whole space was given a refined aesthetic with its soft grey strie finish on the kitchen cabinets to emphasize the custom millwork and offer a more gracious feel.

By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Joe Kim Credits: Style at Home

 

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