We are honoured and excited to be chosen as finalist in the 2016 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence in the $65,000 and Over Kitchen Renovation Category! “What an honour for our team to be chosen as a national finalist!”

We were able to transform the kitchen in this 1900’s era home into a space suitable for a trained chef to use as his cooking classroom, our design included a small addition and reconfiguring and maximizing existing space. The existing kitchen was dark and cramped and to maximize natural light and airflow, since air conditioning was not an option, our addition replaced the inefficient solarium with usable space and several windows. Three walls are purposely without wall cabinets to allow maximum natural light. To improve indoor/outdoor integration, we added expansive 8′ patio doors with custom stain to match existing trim and floors with a scrubbed finish. To accommodate the home’s existing boiler heating system, in-floor hydronic heating with “quick track’ was chosen. Ensuring level floors between the old and new flooring was difficult but feasible with careful installation. Stuctural beams presented a challenge to our plan to raise the ceiling. As a solution, we featured the beams as an architectural element enhancing visual interest.

In keeping with the age of the house, traditional details such as column legs, a china “hutch” area, large top moulding matched with existing, and scalloped kicks were added to the design. Stained glass from a local antique shop creates a focal point at the widened dining room entry. Oversized lighting at the island and menu board has a vintage feel.

The new modern kitchen has completely transformed this home by improving the functionality of the first floor, connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces, and allowing for light and airflow that previously did not exist. The homeowners were extremely pleased with the results!

The winner will be chosen on May 6th.

We’d like to recognize our trade partners who worked on this whole house remodel:

Laurysen Kitchens who assisted with kitchen layout and selections.

Catherine Leibe worked hand in hand with Lagois on the kitchen and finishes selection. E-mail: cleibe@sympatico.ca