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The Ease of Entertaining contemporary-kitchen

The Ease of Entertaining

There were many challenges to this kitchen prior to its makeover:
Insufficient lighting, No traffic flow, Height of individual cooks, Low ceilings, Dark, Cluttered, No space for entertaining, Enclosed space, Appliances blocking traffic, Inadequate counter prep space. With so many problems there was only one solution - gut the space including the surrounding areas like the dining room and living rooms to be able to create an open concept.
We eliminated the upper wall cabinets, installed extra windows to bring in the natural light, added plenty of lighting,( for task, general, and decorative aspects) We kept colors warm and light throughout, Created a wall of tall utility cabinets, incorporating appliances and a multitude of functional storage. Designed cabinets to blend into the space. By removing all existing surrounding walls and landing step a larger footprint was designed to house an oversize island with different heights for each cooks’ comfort, thus being able to pass through easily, giving a traffic flow space between 42” to 60”. The Island was designed for better entertainment, prep work and plenty of storage but taking into consideration to NOT over dominate the space and obtrude the line of site. The use of warm tone materials such as natural walnut is the key element to the space and by adding it to the niche area, it balances the contrast of the light colors and creates a richness and warmth to the space.
Some of the special features used where:
Hidden practical elements added to be very functional yet unobtrusive; ie: garage door to hide all small appliances, a step ladder hidden inside the toe kick, food processor lift ,basket tilt at sink area, pull out coffee station. All features require less bending and heavy lifting.
Under mount LED strip lighting at lunch counter and Niche area, Enhances the area and gives a floating appearance.
Wine service area for easy entertaining, and self service. Concealed vent system at cook top, is not only practical but enhances the clean line design concept. Because of the low ceiling a large over head hood would have broken up line of site.
Products used:

Millwork cabinets:
The kitchen cabinets doors are made of a flat euro style MDF (medium density fiberboard) base polyurethane lacquer and a vertical glassing application. The Kitchen island cabinet doors are also made out of MDF – large stile shaker doors color: BM-HC-83 ( grant beige) and the lunch counter cabinet doors as well as accentuating elements throughout the kitchen are made in a natural walnut veneer.
Mike Prentice from Bluerock Cabinets

Quartz Countertops:
Hanstone color: sandcastle
supplied by Leeza Distribution of St. Laurent.

The GE monogram induction mirror 36” cooktop was supplied by J.C. Perreault - Kirkland as were all the other appliances. They include a 42” counter depth fridge, a 30” convection combination built-in oven and microwave, a 24” duel temperature wine cellar and 36” (pop-up) downdraft vent 900 cfm by KitchenAid – Architect series II

porcelain tiles Model: city view Color: skyline gray
supplied by Daltile of St. Laurent.

Four pendants provide the lighting over the island and lunch counter supplemented by recessed LED lighting from Shortall Electric Ltd. of St. Laurent.

Laminated Renaissance Hand scrapped color saddle oak is commercial-grade AC3 that can withstand the heavy traffic flow
supplied by Taiga Forest Products of Boucherville.


What Houzzers are commenting on:

jeweladdison added this to jeweladdison's Ideas
on Sunday
not sure about cooking at the bar but like the colors
stephkronen added this to stephkronen's Ideas
October 26, 2014
Length of island and direction
sbyczek added this to sbyczek's ideas
September 22, 2014
Cabinets to ceiling
jpj2012 added this to kitchen
August 7, 2014
A wood add on to extend the island is nice.
johntucker added this to johntucker's ideas
June 22, 2014
Step up lower
sohina_mirza added this to sohina_mirza's ideas
June 3, 2014
upper and lower counter
Robin Bretan added this to Kitchen Ideas
June 1, 2014
Wood counter??
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April 22, 2014
All the windows
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March 2, 2014
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February 27, 2014
2 colour island countertop eating area different quartz
fletcherstjean added this to fletcherstjean's Ideas
February 27, 2014
Really like this kitchen island look
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February 2, 2014
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January 29, 2014
Kitchen island 2
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October 23, 2013
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September 7, 2013
Très convivial
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l'ilot à 2 niveaux
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August 6, 2013
Comptoir pâle et prédominance brun plus pâle Coin dînette Îlot idéal
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July 1, 2013
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June 5, 2013
low ceiling kitchen, upper cabinets on wall flush with fridge - clever. would need to get add'l counterspace (maybe w/ L-shaped island)
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May 3, 2013
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April 27, 2013
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April 23, 2013
HanStone Sandcastle
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March 2, 2013
island lighting low ceiling
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February 14, 2013
Bar dropped lower. Cook top in island. Wrap around island
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Pour papa et maman
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island - seating counter changs to wood
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KitchenAid Architect Series refrigerator
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