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This project was a fun challenge right from the beginning. For a large space the previous kitchen was very dysfunctional. Our goal was to create a working kitchen that could handle everything this family of five needed: eat in dining, lots of storage, multiple work surfaces, recycling centre, frequent entertaining and visually appealing. With a blank slate to work with we began by removing four smaller windows that spanned the entire wall, that left very little options for cabinet placement, replaced with the large bay window. To frame the 9′ window we added glass door cabinets with a feature framed end gable, textured glass to diffuse the focus on interior items. The oversized sink became the natural focal point centred along the beautiful picture window. For added durability we used a unique polypropeline leather-look surface to cover the floor of the bay window.
The extended island, based with oversized pot drawers including heavy duty FEX slides, is the perfect foundation for our spectacular custom designed bar top! It took a great deal of searching to find the right application to create a bar top that didn’t over-power the other features in the room but remained a unique one-of-a-kind piece of art. Chris Van Zanten, of Pakenham, definitely rose to the challenge by creating the wrought iron design complete with hand-blown glass elements. It is a true masterpiece! Stools custom made by Chris Eritou from Ercon Welding and the upholstery done by Frank Cantusi. To complete the space we selected a tone on tone white glass and natural coloured stone linear tile to enhance the backsplash. But we needed to add just splash of colour. We added custom cut and fired glass tile in red/black to tie it all together.
The new kitchen, complete with heated floor tiles, is not only a pleasure to work in, its a great place to spend time regardless of the activity.