What were the main challenges with the original kitchen?
The owners love to entertain, but their long, narrow house had a choppy layout, which didn’t lend itself well to that. We removed every wall and post we could to completely open up the main floor. We saved space by eliminating the dining table and installing a large kitchen island with stools instead.
What type of kitchen did you want to create?
The goal was to build a warm and inviting kitchen with a hint of rusticity. This family is very eco-conscious, so that was also a consideration that drove a lot of the design decisions.
Where did you save and where did you splurge?
We invested in custom cabinetry to ensure we used every available inch of space, and all the handmade barnboard accents were also pricey due to the skilled labour involved. Using inexpensive subway tile for the backsplash saved costs, but it’s a classic choice that works well with the look regardless.