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Thinking of a kitchen reno?

Here are 5 kitchens to inspire you.



Making the decision to renovate (especially your kitchen) can be both exciting and terrifying. Especially if it your first renovation. But fear not, once you see these kitchens nothing will stop you. Take a look at some of my favorites and let me be your guide for colour, materials, layout and more.


Let’s start with the kitchen in the photo above. Both the challenge and masterpiece of this kitchen is the 17’ long island. “Is that too long?” you ask. “NO” the more working space you can comfortably… and I stress comfortably, fit the better. If you are dealing with a long and narrow space, try breaking up the island with seating on one end and cabinets on the other. Or like the kitchen below wrap the countertop down the back to give some visual interest as well as durability.



Although unlike the first kitchen with the lengthy island, this island is so unique with waterfalls both sides as well as the back! This could be done on a much larger scale. For this space I had the opposite issue. While incorporating all the regular size appliances, I also needed to add in an island with seating and was pressed for depth. I ended up design a narrow island at only 24” deep and placed two 12” on the end with the stools to allow for seating! Works great and I love the look.

In this next kitchen the client wanted a butler’s pantry but didn’t want it to show. We were able to pull off this sneaky trick to hide what lies beyond.



And that’s not the only glamorous part of this kitchen. A few more details to take note of. We used a 48” Miele range which required some extra powerful suction… so we installed dual Faber Cilyndra hoods to get the job done. Under cabinet lighting sets the mood along with under cabinet outlets for a minimalist look. The Super white granite island cascades into waterfalls either side and the vertical brushed white oak is the perfect touch of warmth in this Scandinavian inspired kitchen.



Let’s talk comfort and convenience because this next kitchen has both. In this modern kitchen renovation, we were able to add great functionality to the space with a few simple upgrades. Yes, we remove and reinstalled new millwork, but we reconfigured the island to allow additional prep space near the sink as well as great working areas left and right of the range. In the pre-reno kitchen the sink and range shared a wall will next to no space to work! We added a pot filler above the cook top for quick and easy cooking as well as a sink set up that make dishes a breeze. Garbage and recycling on the left of the sink and the dishwasher on the right. It doesn’t get more convenient than that!



For my last kitchen inspiration, I’m going bold. This black and white kitchen is so fun! I had always played around with the idea of blackout island, and I was so happy to see it happen. I absolutely love the look of the black on white. The fully integrated appliance package by Fisher & Paykel are really what make this kitchen what it is. Those hidden fridges and dishwasher make the drama of the dark on light so much more apparent. The hidden drawer and door pulls and play on tones with the black hood fan detail finish this space off perfectly.




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