Create an ideabook for your next remodeling project!
Browse more than 1,000,000 photos from top designers and save your favorites
Previously, a raised stoop at the back of the home created a visual and physical barrier to the backyard. A mudroom with no connection to the outdoors also prevented direct access. After the space was stripped to the studs, Beauparlant relocated the basement stairs to this part of the house.
Now the kitchen has backyard access and a clear view through a 1 1/2-story glass wall.
Yellow pendants: West Elm; cabinetry: custom; cabinetry paint: Desert Twilight 2137-40, Benjamin Moore
Like many Victorians, this house is on a deep and narrow lot, making natural light scarce. The kitchen's location at the back of the house couldn't be changed, but Beauparlant reconfigured the room for maximum natural light.
Adding a staircase to the basement created room for more storage in the kitchen, allowing the removal of storage space in the kitchen entry hall. Larger windows above the sink let in more natural light than before.
Countertop: Kashmir white granite; backsplash: Pavimenti Bianco, Stone Tile, Toronto; upper shelving: custom walnut veneer
The clients wanted a better sitting and eating area in their new kitchen, but the narrow layout made it difficult to fit in an island. Instead, Beauparlant had a table custom made with reclaimed wood and vintage legs, and designed a vinyl banquette for comfortable seating.
Banquette fabric: Ryder, Cocoa vinyl, Threadcount, Toronto; pendant: vintage
Beauparlant started off with distressed wide-plank oak flooring and built the kitchen palette from there. The flooring "is perfect for the kitchen area, since the boards are already dented and scratched at the factory," he says.