designing an open concept kitchen within existing cramped conditions can be challenging. however, with the right balance of closed and open storage, and a simple soft palette, this 7’ x 9’ kitchen is almost weightless.
the makeover saw heavy upper cabinet removed, the face-framed lowers replaced with simple IKEA cabinets, and 5 feet of structural wall was removed, connecting the kitchen to the living spaces. these simple moves allowed for an uncluttered design.
by keeping the major moments focused on function, the unique details of the project are able to be highlighted: the reclaimed shelving was salvaged from the mapleleaf residence and match the 8’ farm table in the opposite room. the shelves are filled with reusable food and spice jars, while the end-cap houses a big walter water filling station, promoting a zero waste life style. simple subway tile with a slight texture was installed in a modern stacked bond pattern, and crystal knobs accent the IKEA cabinets. small trinkets, such as hand blown glass, a lunar calendar, and a love crystal are mixed in.
the bonus of the project was finding 5” pine flooring underneath the existing tile. the cement board left some stains and nail holes, but that’s part of the charm.
this is the personal home of principal, bradley de Vries.
completed december 2018