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Modern Kitchen with Character

When we first met with our client to renovate the kitchen in his newly purchased home, we saw just how poorly the space was utilized. The previous owner had removed some walls and added an island, but didn’t make use of the space as you come in the front door.

original kitchen floor plan

The working space of the kitchen was cramped all to one side, with a large open area and angled cabinet at the front door. The oak island had a bar height top and a bulky column hiding a telepost to support the ceiling. All in all, it was pretty inefficient and out of date.

oak and white cabinet kitchen before

Our client had been considering the kitchen for some time, and had begun discussing new layouts with Cupboard Brothers. The vision was to make use of the entire space and update the look. Appliances would be moved, the island would change, and finishes would be updated. The finished look is a gorgeous contrast to the original, with black cabinets, open wood shelving, and a touch of old charm by uncovering an existing brick chimney.

final floor plan for kitchen

In order to complete this look, we had to pull out the existing cabinets and flooring, and also remove a bulkhead near the entrance. Upon removing the bulkhead, we realized there was some structural issues that needed to be addressed. It seems the previous owner had removed load bearing walls without considering how it may affect the structure of the home, and a new beam was needed to prevent further damage.  After fixing this, as well as adjusting the teleposts beneath, we were able to patch the ceiling, install potlights and lay the flooring.

The final look is stunning, and most importantly, functional. Our client loves how it all turned out, and we’ve been working with him on his ensuite bathroom as well!

black geometric pendant light in kitchen

Black and White Kitchen Upgrade

Kitchen Upgrade

We were approached by our customer to upgrade his kitchen in his home with the idea that he might sell in the near future. The original floor plan stayed the same, but we replaced the flooring throughout the main floor with tile and hardwood, updated the fireplace in the living room, and built a new kitchen. The updated colour palette gives this kitchen upgrade a modern look that would be appealing to anyone.

The Before

kitchen upgrade before photo

As you can see, there was a decent amount of oak going on. Since red oak isn’t a trendy colour these days, we removed as much of it as we could, which included baseboards and trim throughout the main floor. The kitchen cabinets were a neutral white, but not very functional. We decided to take the cabinets close to the ceiling, move the microwave into the island, and create a more functional pantry beside the fridge.

Our customer met with a designer at Alford’s to select finishes and flooring for the house. They decided on a solid hardwood for the kitchen, dining, and living areas, and a porcelain tile for the entrance, laundry and half bath.

The After

black geometric pendant light in kitchen


subway backsplash in white kitchen

What a difference, right? The oak is replaced with clean white trim, and a rich granite counter top ties in the black pendants with the white cabinets and back splash.

We also installed new hardwood and tile flooring, plus we removed the hearth and mantle from the fireplace and installed new stacked stone from floor to ceiling.

grey and white stacked stone fireplace

New Fireplace

We used a piece of hardwood to transition from the tile to hardwood, rather than a strip of metal for the den and kitchen area. This requires precision work, and we nailed it!

hardwood installation transition

Precise Transition

Like our other kitchen renovations, we use quality materials and trusted suppliers. We know we can depend on companies like Cupboard Brothers, Alford’s, Richardson’s, McKenna’s, and Sherwin Williams to provide us with the best products and service. Thanks to all!

If you’re thinking of a kitchen upgrade, check out our handy guide on what you should know before you start, then give us a call.