This kitchen before and after is courtesy of Arne Salvesen at Paradigm Kitchen Design The original kitchen in this 1940′s Vancouver home featured a corner sink and a microwave-hood above a pro-style gas range. The cabinetry was dated, the flooring was a patchwork of different materials and the fridge, protruding as it did so beautifully into the hallway, an eyesore. The solutions offered by Arne created a clean, modern design with more counter space, more storage and a wonderful way of adding more square footage to the kitchen without structural changes.
Using the same type of flooring, particularly in an open floor plan such as this one, is imperative in order for spaces to relate to one another and instantly look bigger. The choice of flooring, a hand scraped oak in a rich caramel stain, helps add warmth to the modernist design. The cabinetry is Hoisin stained white oak and the counter tops are Crema Botticino quartz by Zodiaq for a classically beautiful contrast.
“The original countertop extended too far into the dining room and an untidy bookcase flanking it could be seen from the dining room” says Arne. The re-worked peninsula actually increased the countertop space, and the new wrapped peninsula doubles as a serving station for the dining room. We also like the way the wine fridge, hidden on the back side of the peninsula, as it is conveniently located near the patio.
The Diva Pro-style kitchen faucet paired with a Performa undermount sink are both from Blanco and beautifully enhance the modernist lines and chef’s kitchen feel of the space.
And finally a detail we really love. The fridge previously hung out into the hallway. Now, it’s boxed in with matching cabinetry for a more fitted look, and becomes almost an architectural feature as it ties into the hallway closet. Another nice detail, notice how the cabinet above the fridge handles the structural beam in the ceiling.
So our thanks to Arne for sharing. If you have a ‘before and after’ you want to tell the world about let us know at email@example.com. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.