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Nightrider's new kitchen (post #56588)

I thought I'd finally post some pictures of my new space.  Last April, we knocked down most of a 1000 sq. ft. 1950s bungalow, and added a second storey as well as an addition on the back.


The original kitchen was, well, original.  There was NO countertop space, and 2 cabinets.  The sink, fridge and stove were freestanding.  It was horrendously dirty and the metal cabinets were rusted right through in places.  In short, it was not useable.


We found that in our condo, everyone would congregate in the kitchen when we entertained.  We designed the new house with that in mind, and put the kitchen right in the middle of the house.  The whole main floor is open concept, and the dining area opens onto the "island side" of the kitchen.  The family room shares a 10 ft. long peninsula with the kitchen.  We decided to use an Arts and Crafts based style for most the main floor (simple lines, natural materials, earthy colours).  The whole kitchen is about 10 ft. by 17ft.  The floor is honed travertine, cabinets are quater-cut white oak (my dad is a custom cabinetmaker - I'm very lucky!), countertops are granite and backsplash is a small glass mosaic tile.  Appliances are:  LG French-door refrigerator (I can't say enough about this fridge - it's AWESOME), Dacor double convection ovens, Bosch dishwasher, Miele 36" induction cooktop.


DH and I are thrilled with our new space.  Here are some pics:

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56588, reply #1 of 45)

I'm awestruck. That is very beautiful, and looks as functional as it is gorgeous. I love the cabinetry! Congratulations.




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Heather's picture

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You must be SO happy! It is beautiful. I love the cabinet detail--Good Job, Dad.

evelyn's picture

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Beautiful! Like Sandra said, the cabinetry is really special. I'd love to see some daytime shots with natural lighting. You are so going to enjoy the space!

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AmateurCook's picture

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WOW.  Congratulations.

assibams's picture

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What a wonderful kitchen! I'm sure you'll enjoy it for many years!


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courgette's picture

(post #56588, reply #6 of 45)

Beautiful! I really like the cabinets. They are the style I am thinking of for our house, circa 1937.


So, I am assuming the yard/location must have been perfect to entice you into such a huge reno?


Mo

Nightrider's picture

(post #56588, reply #21 of 45)

Yep. DH found the house while I was in Africa last year. 7000 sq. ft. lot at Leslie and Lawrence, close to Edwards Gardens and with easy access to highways (DVP and 401) and transit. Lovely 1950s neighbourhood with mature trees, quiet streets and a nice mix of young families and elderly people. Close enough to our old neighbourhood that I can do my shopping at some of the same places. The house also happened to be a power of sale, since the bank was about to foreclose on the previous owners. It all worked out really well!

courgette's picture

(post #56588, reply #32 of 45)

Great location!


Mo

wonka's picture

(post #56588, reply #38 of 45)

I'm suffering from kitchen envy, and it's all your fault. LOL

Canuck's picture

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WOW! I love it. We didn't hear any reno horror stories so I assume it was on time and on budget? LOL.

Nightrider's picture

(post #56588, reply #22 of 45)

Shockingly, yes! On time, yes, and the overbudget items were things that we decided to add (e.g. the original plan had 1 bathroom upstairs - the master ensuite. We decided to add an ensuite to the other upstairs bedroom so that whoever stays there won't have to go downstairs to use the bathroom).

Canuck's picture

(post #56588, reply #24 of 45)

I'm really glad to hear that; it's very rare that things go so smoothly. It's a gorgeous place and great location. Good for you.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #56588, reply #28 of 45)

Very nice!!


Love the clean lines and the cabinetry, you are a lucky daughter!


DH would like to add a full second floor to our 1928 bungalow, but it isn't in the cards for now and I'm not sure I really want a bigger house, I bought this house because I I liked its coziness. I grew up in a 21 room house and I just think that is excessive. I love the efficient use of smaller spaces that I see in Europe.


A rear dormer was added in the 40's and the two small bedrooms are up there. Currently there is no bath upstairs (that was the one  MAJOR but fixable downside to the house) and limited space for one. I'd like to put a "eurosized" three quarter up there.


Our kitchen is small but I like the layout/footprint. When we do it, I am condsidering whether cut out and make a half wall between it and the dining room.


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Nightrider's picture

(post #56588, reply #30 of 45)

I actually really like small kitchens. Our condo kitchen was tiny, but it was so efficiently layed out that we had tons of counter space and storage space. I had a "work square" with sink, stove, fridge and pantry all on separate walls. It was fantastic.

I'm still not sure how I feel about having much more space now. It's nice to spread out a bit, but going from a 1200 sq. ft. condo to a 3000 sq. ft. house is an adjustment. DH absolutely loves having a yard and garage to putter in, so that part is great. I love not having to drag my groceries up an elevator!

Risottogirl's picture

(post #56588, reply #33 of 45)

I don't find 3000 sq feet to be excessive at all. The master suite in my brother's house is 2100 sq feet. THAT is excessive, IMO!


Our bungalow is almost 1600 sq feet not including the 75% finished basement and the unheated front breezeway. Our in town lot is about 5100 sq feet with a shed but no garage. We have a good sized deck. A garage was not on the "must have" list when we were looking.


We have no front lawn, you step down from the sidewalk directly into a perennial garden with a stone wall and a slate path that curves around the house. We have "lawn" only in the backyard and I'd like to get rid of that and put perennial beds in there as well. 


We lived in a highrise in Chicago so I hear you on the elevator thing.


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Biscuit's picture

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There is absolutely no way to adequately express my insane jealousy in written format. Close your eyes and concentrate, though, and you may feel my green-envy coming at you from across the miles...

Gorgeous. LOVE the cabinets. Actually, I just love it all.

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CulinaryArtist's picture

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Good Job, simply stunning.  Not usually a fan of oak but those cabinets are so beautiful and the fact that they are custom made by your Dad makes them very special.


Enjoy!


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Jean's picture

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WOW!! Fabulous.


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dorcast's picture

(post #56588, reply #11 of 45)

Absolutely gorgeous.
Enjoy it!

Sondra's picture

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That is one SEXY kitchen!  Love it, love it!

TracyK's picture

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Absolutely stunning! Enjoy it! :)


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MadMom's picture

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Can't add a thing, except to say that I agree with everyone.  Wow!  Fantastic! Green with envy!



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roz's picture

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Beautiful job! Your Dad did fantastic work on those cabinets...simply splendid! You must be thrilled everytime you walk into that kitchen! I guess you will be hosting the holiday meals this year?

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leonap's picture

(post #56588, reply #16 of 45)

Absolutely beautiful!

JAlden's picture

(post #56588, reply #17 of 45)

Very nice, I love the cabinets. Your Dad did a great job on them.

I wouldn't mind seeing pictures of the rest of your home.

Nightrider's picture

(post #56588, reply #23 of 45)

I'll get around to posting my reno pics someday. We're really thrilled with how the house turned out!

tiramisu's picture

(post #56588, reply #18 of 45)

It is a dream kitchen. It is very beautiful. Hoping you many many fun filled days of cooking and gehtering in the kitchen.


 

Lee's picture

(post #56588, reply #19 of 45)

It's beautiful!  The cabinetry is just gorgeous, and I love your tile backslpash.  Enjoy it! 

Nightrider's picture

(post #56588, reply #25 of 45)

Thank you all!

The space is a little bit odd, so it took numerous incarnations before we finally settled on a kitchen plan. I'm still getting used to having the cooktop and the ovens separated, but it's not turning out to be a problem. The countertop space is amazing - all of the counters are extra-deep (28" vs. 24"), and the island (I think it's about 6' x 4') is fabulous storage. I love the open cookbook shelves and wine racks.

Oh, and I just noticed that our orange cat snuck into one of the kitchen photos...he's the orange blob on the floor.


Edited 11/20/2009 10:58 am ET by Nightrider

TracyK's picture

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Heee... of course I had to go back and look for the cat. Nice looking cat too! :)


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