Kitchen renovations continue to rank among the top remodelling projects that pay off when you sell your home, according to HGTV. Whether you have resale in mind or just want to revel in a new, fresh space, Ottawa’s 2017 housing design awards remain a source of inspiring design ideas.
This open, contemporary kitchen started off as a small, 1950s space of beige melamine and Formica counters. Rebuilding the roof allowed for a new, sloped cedar ceiling, and existing walls were replaced with large anodized aluminum windows. The massive island houses an induction cook top on a slab of Canadian limestone, which abuts a walnut butcher block. The sleek grey cabinetry features integrated aluminum handles, while high-gloss, azure lacquer adds a burst of colour. Stainless steel, hickory floors and the cedar ceiling blend a cool palette with natural warmth.
Astro Design Centre & Crossford Construction
Project won at the 2017 Housing Design Awards for renovation, $100,001-$200,000
A bright, new kitchen was a key element in an almost-total interior redesign and renovation of a small and tired 1960s split level. The result is a modern, glossy home with expansive main-floor spaces and a new exterior rear addition. The revamped, split-level kitchen, which includes a waterfall island with ample room for seating and food preparation as well as streamlined cabinetry, overlooks the lower-level family room. The kitchen and adjacent dining area also open directly to a new, raised rear deck for extended outdoor summer and barbecue use.
Hamel Design & Planning
This kitchen and adjacent dining area are part of a major renovation of a 1960s high-ranch bungalow that had design issues such as a closed floor plan but also offered extraordinary views of the Rideau River. To showcase those views while modernizing the home into an open-concept space, interior walls were removed and the main living areas relocated to the river side of the house. Large windows, like the ones in the kitchen and dining area, draw one’s eye to the water, while the warm, walnut floors create the feel of a ship’s deck.
Gordon Weima Design Builder
Kitchen is part of a renovation that won at the 2017 Housing Design Awards for renovation, $350,001-$500,000
The homeowners wanted to update the small, dark kitchen in their early 20th-century home with a space that was bright, functional and designed for entertaining. The resulting renovation included removing structural walls to turn three smaller rooms into a large, integrated space that included the kitchen. Brass finishes add warmth to the kitchen, glass tiles in the backsplash create texture and visual interest, and an alcove banquette enables the addition of a dining table, more kitchen cabinetry and a large island. White oak flooring helps connect all the spaces.
The kitchen remains the heart of this wartime home, which was renovated to accommodate the needs of a young family of four, to answer their requirement for an open-concept design and to stay within the client’s very limited budget. The new kitchen provides ample storage, including open shelving above the sink that matches the butcher block-style countertop/eating area opposite, and generous work surfaces.
Moneca Kaiser Design Build
This kitchen was designed to echo elements of a European chalet where the clients had lived for five years. Dividing walls between the kitchen and dining area were removed to create an open concept that spills into the living area. A new cathedral ceiling ties together the kitchen, dining and living spaces as does the wide plank floor, which is reminiscent of the flooring in the chalet. The large island means ample room for food preparation and for the children to do their homework and join the conversation. White cabinetry balances the warmth of the wood while keeping the space neutral and timeless.