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Spacious and bright modern industrial kitchen renovation

Spacious & bright modern industrial kitchen renovation

Victorian home gets a spacious kitchen facelift Author: Donna Griffith

Kitchen

Spacious and bright modern industrial kitchen renovation

Convenient storage solutions are at the heart of this Victorian home’s kitchen renovation.


Tara Ellis and Andrew Bell lived with the cramped and outdated kitchen in their semi-detached Victorian in Toronto for 12 years before deciding it was time to make some changes. Not only was the space aesthetically unpleasant, but it was also a pain in their backs – literally. “The existing countertop was installed below standard height. I’m six feet tall, and my husband is about as tall,” says Tara.

Since a few other rooms in the house weren’t terribly livable either, they called on designer Philippe Beauparlant to oversee a massive renovation. “As for the kitchen,” says Tara, “we wanted a better layout with lots of storage, and I’ve always loved a banquette.”

The planning process
“One of the challenges I noticed right away,” says Philippe, “was the kitchen’s poor connection to the backyard.” Specifically, the back door in the adjacent mud room opened onto a tall outdoor staircase. His solution was to move the inside stairs that led down to the basement to the back of the house, incorporating a lower landing area that’s level with the yard. This clever approach allowed for floor-to-ceiling storage on the landing. And with the back wall now completely clad in glass, natural light floods the kitchen.

The design decisions
While the couple loves a modern industrial feel, they also wanted to preserve the home’s character. That’s why Philippe chose a clean cabinet door profile and installed crown moulding that matches an existing one in the house. He also played up the heritage aspect by picking a traditional grey-green shade for the cabinetry. A splash of colour comes from mustard yellow pendant lights and tomato red handles on the Wolf range, which Tara tied together with two stools her mother calls “mustard and ketchup.”

The result
“Everyone gravitates to the kitchen now because it’s so bright and airy in the day and cozy at night,” says Tara.
 

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Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design

Kitchen problem: Before

A dark, cluttered, uninviting kitchen.

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Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design

Kitchen layout: Solution

Count on designer Philippe Beauparlant to solve the space crunch in this small kitchen.

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Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design

Kitchen renovation: After

“There’s a good mix of open and closed shelving,” says designer Philippe Beauparlant of the renovated kitchen. Walnut-veneered uppers open horizontally and provide access to all the items the homeowners use regularly but want out of sight. Only the most used dishes were designated for open shelving so they don’t gather dust.  

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Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design

Dining booth

The dining table was custom made from vintage table legs and a reclaimed-wood top stained to just the right grey-brown. The banquette’s vinyl fabric looks like leather but is easier to maintain.

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Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design

Organized entryway

The floor-to-ceiling cabinet on the landing houses coats and boots as well as sports equipment and seasonal items like patio cushions.

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Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design

Hidden storage

The cabinet on the left side of the range houses a pullout bin for recycling. The garbage and compost containers are located under the sink.

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Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design

Decorative organization

Tins and vases help declutter counters and spice up the area.

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Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design

Vintage accessories

Crisp white jars and dishes keep the kitchen clean and simple.

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Kitchen renovation: Spacious and bright design

Unique backsplash

Grey grout deliberately draws attention to the unique pattern of the white subway-tiled backsplash.

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