Case Study 5: Kitchen Renovation


The Project:

  • Two Storey Home
  • Year Built: 1970’s
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Approx 2000 sq. ft.
  • Situation: The original galley kitchen had old cabinets and countertops and also made poor use of the small space.
  • Requirements: The homeowners wanted a more open feeling, more counter and storage space, more efficient use of the space and a more modern look. To minimize the homeowner’s cost, the original kitchen layout would remain and the sink, faucet, laminate floor left intact as all were in good condition. All agreed that refacing, the replacement of doors and hardware and the reuse of most boxes was the solution.
Construction Challenges:

  • Given the small space and the homeowners’ needs, we would need to redesign the pantry, fridge and peninsula areas and construct some new boxes with adjustable, pull-out shelving and pull-out drawers for more efficient use of each area.
  • To remove the existing problem of the fridge door swing encroaching on the peninsula and to increase counter space at the same time, the countertop of the peninsula would be brought flush to the end gable and extended width-wise.
  • To minimize costs and create a more unified look for the kitchen , the existing bulkhead would remain and a new bulkhead would be constructed and factored into the design of the new pantry area.
The Solutions:

  • To give the kitchen a more spacious feeling, the cabinets above the peninsula were removed. The new, enlarged peninsula provided more counter space, more pull-out drawers and an additional seating as a breakfast bar or entertainment area if needed.
  • To update the appearance, create the illusion of more space and make the kitchen more user-friendly, easy-to clean shaker doors finished in ivory and with polished chrome handles were chosen.
  • A light coloured premium grade laminate with a soft, linear pattern was chosen to complement the light-coloured cabinets and to complete the airy, modern kitchen.

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