Opening the Kitchen: Kitsilano Renovation

For this close-knit family, the original kitchen did anything but bring them together. Walls separated the kitchen from the dining and main living area, leaving the cook in a small, dark, unfunctional space.  The family wanted a brighter and open space with better flow.

The My House Design/Build/Team suggested taking out walls and installing a flush-mounted steel beam to open the space.

To make a gathering space in the kitchen, a large island with a waterfall top and room for two stools was put in. Bright white was complimented with a medium brown wood detail that was used throughout the home.  A large pantry cabinet and fridge now flank the oven for symmetry. The whole look is softened with open shelving.

Even though the dining area’s footprint was reduced to accommodate the island, we substituted the dining chairs on one side of the table with an L-shaped built-in bench which increased seating capacity and offered more storage.

The entryway was revamped with a better closet and a shoe storage system.

In the living room, a stone-hearth-style corner gas fireplace was replaced with a new modern fireplace with white tile surround, floating storage, and open shelving above to compliment the kitchen. A large skylight was added to bring in light while also maintaining privacy.

New engineered flooring throughout leads you upstairs to the master suite where the floor intertwines with the hexagon tile in the ensuite.

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Transforming an Oddly-Shaped Bathroom

The original ensuite bathroom was an unusual L-shape built around a staircase. This was further complicated with main fixtures being crammed on one wall at the back, and the My House Team having to work around existing radiant heating in the floor. By thoughtfully reconfiguring the space, our designers and builders were able to provide the homeowners with separate spaces for them to get ready – and more.  A long custom-depth vanity becomes a statement piece with an extra depth countertop and double trough sink. An underutilized tub was replaced with a light-filled walk-in shower with skylight. A beautiful freestanding tub now sits centerstage on the back wall with a ledge behind to place your glass of wine.

Other home upgrades included upgrading the hot water boiler to provide  on-demand domestic hot water added for energy efficiency and comfort.

The litter box (previously in a kitchen closet) was relocated to the powder room and concealed within a new vanity cabinet with access at the side.

For more about how the My House Design/Build/Team can transform your space as part of a Kitsilano renovation in your condo, townhouse, or single-family home, please fill out our complimentary consultation form. See other condo renovations here with before and after pictures.