578 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1T 3A2

Good Bones

Homeowners who wait years to renovate a kitchen can be intrepid when it comes to design. The home had a Danish design in its feel, which was evident in many areas of this houses past life. There were skylights throughout the house, some with exposed beams. One, in particular, was at the kitchen’s back wall. “We’re spending more time at home — and in the kitchen, and it’ just not working”. Both homeowners wanted to honour the original bones of the house and weave their personal style into the remodel. Her unique style was “Transitional” and his “Midcentury”. 

The original kitchen was closed in and closed off. The appliances were old, the counter space and storage was insufficient. This dated and dark kitchen was ripe for a remodel. 

  • Step one:
    The most dramatic parts of the transformation was relatively simple, removing the wall between the kitchen and the front room, allowing the natural light to filter into the new space. Add a pantry, broom closet, coffee station & breakfast nook.  

  • Step two:
    Make the opening larger between the dining room and kitchen, allowing more natural light to filter into the new space. Connect the back of the house to the front of the house. Repair and repaint the beams in the skylight to bring in light. Add a stone backsplash with a peg rail for interest above the sink. 

  • Step three: 
    Combine the clients two styles and return as many of the original and unique features of homes Danish style where possible. Danish style kitchens almost always included a kitchen table, so we did precisely that to complete the ambience of this intimate breakfast nook in front of the large windows. Add the Radiohus Pendant above the kitchen table, a Danish classic. Next, add walnut and custom colour millwork throughout the space, starting with walnut wood cubbies at the end of the built-in bench, drink station, and open shelves, grounded by the custom colour millwork. Finish off with large format concrete looking floor tiles for a bit of the mid-century feel. Sprinkle with handmade 4″ backsplash tile and a traditional hood married all the styles into one complementary look.

    Entered in 2022 NKBA awards –
    Results announced Feb 22nd

  • The wish-list: 
    Transform this modest space into an open and light-filled room, honouring the client’s personal styles and the style of the home. A BIG ask!!!!
    Hard to believe but living through the renovation was essentially stress free. They had a schedule and were either on time or ahead of schedule throughout. Also surprisingly hardly any problems popped up during the renovation. Any issues were quickly and efficiently dealt with. I’m thrilled with the result and thoroughly enjoy coming home to my new (old) home. It’s so much better than I ever could have imagined.