Though she didn’t expand the space one inch, interior designer Renee Gammon Cabinets Near Me managed to double the storage capacity in the kitchen of this semidetached Toronto home. She also significantly increased the amount of valuable counter space. On a budget just shy of $45,000, she gave the kitchen a clean, contemporary and streamlined aesthetic and freshened up the adjacent living and dining areas. "Photos by Jenna Ledger
BEFORE: All nice and staged for a real estate listing, the kitchen looks cute, clean and cheerful. But upon closer inspection you can see that the hodgepodge of free-standing pieces don’t Cabinets Near Me provide much storage or work surfaces. “This wall was underutilized and didn’t make sense,” Gammon says. Two Birds DesignThe designer switched up the layout to make the most of the space. “By moving the refrigerator, oven and microwave to the opposite wall, we were able to tuck everything in neatly, provide more cabinet space, maximize countertop workspace on the other side and keep everything streamlined,” Gammon says. “We even had enough space to tuck in a wine cooler with a coffee station above it.” Outlets for the appliances were added Cabinets Near Me along the wall.
BEFORE: The kitchen was bright and white but dated. The refrigerator jutted out awkwardly, and a slide-in range left little counter space and cabinetry for storage. Two Birds DesignGammon kept the peninsula layout from the original kitchen but used a cooktop instead of a slide-in. This means the homeowners can take advantage of the space beneath it for deep drawers. The cabinets and drawers are tricked out with Cabinets Near Me bamboo organizers that play nicely off the butcher block shelving and allow for neat and organized storage.
With the refrigerator moved across the room, there was room for tall pantry cabinets.
The designer replaced the small table and chairs and the rolling island with a permanent, hard-working island. “It gave us a lot more room for storage. There are two banks of drawers and cabinets and cookbook shelves on the end,” she says. The shelves on the custom piece are lined in Ikea butcher Cabinets Near Me block.
Before we take a look at the adjacent rooms, here’s a plan that shows the entire first floor. The front door is in the top left corner, the kitchen is on the right.Two Birds DesignCornflake the kitty followed the photographer around on photo shoot day. Before PhotoBEFORE: As part of the same project, Gammon freshened up the dining room and living room, which are open to the kitchen. Two Birds DesignNone of Cabinets Near Me the rooms are very big, so keeping the long, open feel was important. “We wanted to keep the lights over the peninsula minimalist so as not to break up the space with a big visual barrier,” Gammon says. “Then, over the dining table, we chose something that was minimalist but was also sculptural. We didn’t want it to be too stark.” She repurposed the couple’s existing table but added comfortable chairs upholstered in a leather-like vinyl that’s easy to wipe off.
At the far end of the space is the living room. Gammon added the partition Cabinets Near Me wall behind the sectional to create some separation between the living room and the front door. The exposed brick wall is original.Two Birds DesignGammon gave the fireplace a mini makeover by covering the existing surround in white subway tile. “The homeowners already had a great art collection and it was fun to look through and pick out which pieces to hang in here,” she says. “These rooms can handle all of the great color Cabinets Near Me because of the neutral colors we used.”"