Relocating a Kitchen During a Renovation

This Burnaby renovation project was truly more than just a kitchen. With homeowners living in the basement during the project, the entire main floor was reconfigured.

The kitchen moved from the middle of the house to the side. Engineered wide-plank brushed oak flooring was used throughout the main floor. This was the “honey” colour that inspired the project title. (see below for some incredible before and after photos)

The cramped kitchen became L-shaped, with a better working triangle, and more storage and counterspace. New flat panel cabinets in vertical grain white oak replaced old. Parts of the kitchen island and cabinet trim were painted a classic Piedmont Gray. A subtle grey hexagonal-shaped mosaic backsplash juxtaposes the vertical lines in the cabinets. Caesarstone quartz countertop with square edges completes the look.

The new kitchen island hosts seating for three, and can be extended for larger group.

Structural Changes, Adding Natural Light

As part of their original requests, the homeowners wanted more natural light. This was achieved by swapping the kitchen and living space, and adding a kitchen window.

An additional interesting thing about this home is its trapezoid shape. It is 1.5 feet wider at front than back. This created challenges in framing and internal finishing. The home was also sloped a bit to the left, which required new secondary beams and framing to fix floors and walls.