After spending more time in our home last year, we decided that our kitchen simply just wasn’t working for us anymore. And although our home is in the newer side we needed to update the kitchen layout and utilize the space we have. After all, the heart of the home is the kitchen and the main area where we spend the most time as a family cooking meals, eating together, doing crafts and family activities.
Over the years our kitchen started to feel crammed as our family grew and the lack of storage for our kitchen appliances was beginning to be a problem. And as much as we love to host our family and friends this space wasn’t the ideal for entertaining and having big family dinners. The ultimate goal for this renovation was to design our kitchen to be more functional, creating plenty of room for storage at the same time creating a more modern, timeless and romantic space for our family to enjoy for the years to come.
We decided it was best to get rid of the U shaped island and utilize the space by adding more cabinets to the back wall. This would extend our kitchen making it longer and then adding a kitchen island for more room to prepare meals and create more seating area for our family and friends.
I absolutely enjoyed working with designer Jodie Hall from Merit Kitchens Design in Langley. She was efficient and professional throughout the process and made the design easy and fun!
Once we ordered all our cabinets, it was time to pick the countertop stone. We decided we wanted quartz because it is durable, stain resistant, non-porous, heat resistant, eco-friendly and scratch resistant, with kids these all sound great! We decided to pick from HanStone Quartz. I love that HanStone Quartz are manufactured in Canada and had so many beautiful quartz to choose from! Plus they have the most amazing staff!
After much debate and going back and forth with B, I chose Calacatta Gold and I absolutely love it. It is bold and timeless, the look I was going for.
Now it was time to pick all the finishing, this part was so much fun! I have always loved gold, so I decided to pick gold accents to bring a timeless feel with the kitchen faucet, pulls and lightings. And to finish off I wanted to bring in warmth with natural wood accents with our countertop stools, floating shelves as well as the trim for our range hood cover.
This reno was the first for us, thank goodness I have a very talented husband because he really was amazing throughout this whole process. Not only is he a perfectionist but he has an amazing eye for all the little details. Without him, this would not be possible, so shout out to his patience and dedication for making turning this space into our dream kitchen.
The biggest lesson I learned from doing this project is to expect delays, lots of delays! Especially during a pandemic where shortage of materials is a real thing. Also, to prepare for all the surprises along the way!
Overall, this kitchen revamp was a lot of fun, we learned many things but most of all we are so happy how airy, timeless and classic it looks and how functional it is for our family!
To create a timeless look, we decided we had to have a waterfall island with the beautiful Calacatta Gold Quartz from HanStone Canada to show how bold this stone is. And to create a clean and polish look, we also decided that we would use Calacatta Gold for our backsplash and I couldn’t be more happier of how stunning it looks!
A special thank you to Jodie Hall from Merit Kitchen Designs for answering all my questions and designing my dreamy kitchen. And thank you to HanStone Quartz for our beautiful Calacatta Gold and being absolutely amazing throughout this process!
Countertop Stone: HanStone Quartz “Calacatta Gold”
Cabinetry: Merit Kitchen Designs
Floating shelves from Kitch Canada
Fabricated by: FloForm
Paint colour in the kitchen and living room: Benjamin Moore “Chantilly Lace”
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