NKBA Design Excellence Awards 2019

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Technicolour Design - NKBA BC Chapter Annual DEA 2019 winners

Designer of the Year

Reisa Pollard, Beyond Beige Interior Design - A Modern Farmhouse

Best Small Contemporary Kitchen Ayrton Farrell, Germanhaus – Burley Drive

Best Medium Contemporary Kitchen Sarah Gallop Design – A Gateway to the Outdoors

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Best Large Contemporary Kitchen

Vanessa Wagemaker & Heidi Schumann, Mid Island Cabinets – A Conversation Between Spaces

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Best Small/Medium Traditional Kitchen Sarah Gallop Design – A World-Style Vibe

Best Large Traditional Kitchen

Trish Knight, Knight Varga Interiors – The Gathering Place

Kitchen Designer of the Year

Ami McKay, Pure Design - Gladstone Residence


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Best Powder Room

Madeleine Design Group – Well Entertained

Best Medium Contemporary Bathroom Victoria McKenney, Enviable Designs – Pairing Dark and Light

Best Large Contemporary Bathroom Madeleine Design Group – Ocean Bluff Estate

Best Traditional Bathroom

Reisa Pollard, Beyond Beige Interior Design – A Return to Tradition

Bathroom Designer of the Year Victoria McKenney, Enviable Designs – An Architectural Bath Hub

Living in Place

Kendall Ansell Interiors - Creating Spaces with Enhanced Accessibility


Best Showroom

Jodie Hall & Daryl Berden, Merit Kitchens/Ridgewater Homes Ltd. – Classic Styled Kitchen

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Best Outdoor Kitchen

Matt Herbert, Sherwood Outdoor Kitchens - Poolside Paradise

Vancouver Living Editor Choice Award

Negar Reihani, Space Harmony - Farmhouse Meets Modern Glamour

President’s Message

in full technicolour – what a groundbreaking creative event it turned out to be!

Kitchen and bath categories took fi rst and second places in contemporary SANDEE MANN National Kitchen and Bath Association – British Columbia President – 2020

and traditional styles, respectively. We also featured three specialty winners for Best Outdoor Kitchen, Living in Place and Best Showroom Design. Grand prize winners were selected by top aggregate score by the judges, who this year included Designer Molly Switzer, AKBD – Columbia River nKBA Chapter President, Interior Designer Carrie Boesch, CKBD – NKBA California Capital Chapter President and Interior Designer/Educator – Paula Kennedy, CMKBD- Certifi ed Master Kitchen and Bath Designer.

Technicolour Design The 2019 nKBA British Columbia Chapter Annual Design Excellence Awards (DEA) Competition unfolded as substantial evidence that the ‘all-white’ kitchen and bath concept has likely seen its heyday. While most designers agree that there will always be a place for classic white and sophisticated gray spaces, this year’s winners incorporated kaleidoscopes of colours, tones, metals and textures. Open plans and optimized storage, often cleverly hidden, were also paramount among winning projects. The winners were revealed in november at Coast Appliances Vancouver’s lavishly whimsical elevated circus-themed party

We couldn’t have hosted the event without our great sponsors – Whirlpool/Coast Appliance was our Venue/Host Sponsor. Gold sponsors were Caesarstone Canada and Euroline Appliance West/Liebherr. Silver sponsors were Bradlee Distributors, Cosentino, floform Countertops, House of Rohl, Kohler Signature Store, Lixil, norburn Lighting, Robinson and Valley Acrylic. Our Media Sponsor was Vancouver Living magazine. We thank all our sponsors for their support in making the 2019 nKBA Design Excellence Awards a winning initiative. Congratulation to all the 2019 award winners – we look forward to seeing you in 2020. Be well!

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Reisa Pollard Victoria McKenney Ami McKay Negar Reihani Ayrton Farrell Sarah Gallop Vanessa Wagemaker Heidi Schumann Trish Knight Madeleine Sloback


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Designer of the Year

A Modern Farmhouse Designed by Reisa Pollard, Beyond Beige Interior Design | PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMANDA OSTER, PROVOKE STUDIOS Achieving stunning architecture on this project meant designing a kitchen that accommodated the homeowners’ needs while emphasizing dramatic elements, which resulted in a true “modern farmhouse” beyond the trending farmhousestyle kitchen. Practical needs were a kitchen that would accommodate large scale baking and parties where everyone could congregate around the island. The original design was too open-concept and lacked warmth and intimacy, so we created a floor-to-

ceiling see through fireplace to create a barrier from the great room. Then we designed a wall of millwork to partition the dining room. The efficient working triangle at the far end of kitchen with prep sink on the island allows for the chef to have ample workspace while interacting with guests. We opted for timeless natural-toned materials and black accents to feature the windows.

“All kitchen millwork is lime-washed rift-cut oak, and locally sourced.” Double-height windows provide tons of natural light during day, but multi-directional-led recessed light as well as extra light under hood was required for night. We stained the ceiling beams dark to feature them against the white ceiling. The “floating” wall of appliances and cabinetry creates a barrier to the dining room, but wrap-around millwork makes it look like an independent furniture piece rather than a wall with cabinetry on one side. Panel-ready appliances and custom millwork panels keep the large storage area simple, putting the focus on the Aga range and matching custom hood fan. An authentic European stone masonry wall adds texture and drama as a backdrop to the hood fan and balances the floor-to-ceiling copper fireplace on the opposite side. The island surface is unique multicoloured soapstone, chosen to represent the colours of local trees. Interior cabinetry is built for storage and organization, with recycle pullouts, spice drawers and magic corners. The dramatic island has storage on all four sides. All kitchen millwork is lime-washed rift-cut oak, and locally sourced. All receptacles are pop-up style in perimeter to keep the feature stonewall-free and authentic while poured-in-place concrete floors with radiant heat are warm underfoot. ■


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Best Small Contemporary Kitchen

Burley Drive Designed by Ayrton Farrell, Germanhaus | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEX BARREDO On the border of north and West Vancouver sits a quaint, and at the same time modern, single family home. nestled among the ancient Fir and Douglas trees, concrete dominates the entrance of the home, while inside, a beam ceiling keeps the structure warm and welcoming. for this project, Leicht kitchen was chosen for its exceptional environmental manufacturing properties and its elegant and functional design. A combination of concrete texture doors and sleek white high-gloss lacquer carries the theme of the home throughout.

The challenge was to take the newly exposed timber beams into consideration when designing the cabinetry and create a concept that incorporates and complements them as an architectural element. Maximizing storage space is usually a challenge in any kitchen, but for this particular project we were working with limited floor space and layout, and wanted to use every inch of cabinet space possible so that the homeowners could enjoy this kitchen for many years to come as their family expands. We used our tallest cabinet height to bring them just onequarter inch underneath the newly exposed timber beams. functionally, this gave us the maximum amount of usable space to work with. Aesthetically, it lets the architectural beams shine on their own, highlighting their importance to the space while also giving them somewhere permanent to rest. Designing, building and installing the cabinetry within such a tight space was a challenge in and of itself. Base cabinets and wall cabinets are extra deep to increase their capacity. All of the base cabinets, including the ones located underneath the overhang, feature internal pull-outs to make those hard to reach places accessible on a daily basis. The existing Viking range was no longer usable as it blocked the four inches of countertop space behind it. The range was so old that a new ‘island trim kit’ was impossible to find. We eventually decided to take a different route and order one of the newer ‘island trim kits’ and have it fabricated by a metal worker to fit our old range. Special features include an arrow pull-out pantry with adjustable glass shelves, internal drawers and removable chrome wire baskets. Extra-deep wall cabinets increase storage capacity with a tailored height from the finished floor to suit clients’ reach, and vertical channels for tall cabinets maintain the aesthetic throughout the kitchen. ■


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Best Medium Contemporary Kitchen

A Gateway to the Outdoors Designed by Sarah Gallop Design | PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL GRDINA The clients’ objective was to transform an existing galleystyle kitchen that was dated, cramped, and isolated. The homeowners wanted a space for interactive entertaining and for sharing the amazing views with their guests. The kitchen was completely relocated and became a beautiful focal point of the open-concept main floor. Lovers of nature, the homeowners wanted a kitchen that was like a gateway to the outdoors. The design vision entailed an extension of the balcony off the kitchen, creating a convenient covered barbeque area while

providing a connection between upper and lower floors and making kitchen access easier while entertaining. We focused on simplicity in contemporary clean-line materials, finishes, and fixtures that will remain timeless. The handsome large-scale flat panel millwork – anchored to the living room – lends a statement without stealing the spotlight from the views. Challenges included extensive glass replacement – all new nAfS-approved Low-E windows and doors and the replacement of plumbing, electrical, and ventilation lines during relocation. A spacious transition-free layout accommodates mobility and safety considerations.

“We focused on simplicity in contemporary clean-line materials, finishes, and fixtures that will remain timeless.” The team bettered all engineer specifications when floors were reinforced to ensure quiet tread. Uniquely-engineered design uses cantilevered framing to hang roof beams, allowing full height ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows to capture the view. The new kitchen was sited for increased enjoyment of views, replacing a tiny boxy kitchen and dining room. Obstructions and room divides were removed so cooking could be interactive and the views captured throughout. The new kitchen quadruples working surfaces, optimizing movement within a proper working triangle while storage improved with full-height cabinetry to its raised ceilings. Glass backsplash tile lends modest application of designer pattern and texture. Unique pendants add a playful and modern flare while high-end appliances and an industrial hood-fan make for clean cooking with open space. ■


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Best Large Contemporary Kitchen

A Conversation Between Spaces Designed by Vanessa Wagemaker & Heidi Schumann, Mid Island Cabinets | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ARTEZ PHOTOGRAPHY The clients were building a very contemporary house, but they wanted the kitchen to be warm and inviting – modern while not cold or austere. We worked with a custom color palette that included warm white painted cabinets and sleek natural walnut veneer accents. The space had 12-foot ceilings throughout the kitchen and the living room. This, combined with 8-foot windows, made the

room feel like a large open space without a cohesive tie-in to connect the kitchen to the living room.

“Switching the grain direction from standard vertical to horizontal really brought this island to life, exposing the impressive grain pattern in the wood panels and accenting the ceiling detail above.” To create a conversation between the two spaces, a dropped walnut ceiling panel was designed, allowing for beautiful cove lighting and recessed pot lights to be incorporated into the piece while anchoring the spaces from the fireplace to the island. We designed an elegant walnut island to bridge the sink and clean up zone and the appliance and cooking walls. Switching the grain direction from standard vertical to horizontal really brought this island to life, exposing the impressive grain pattern in the wood panels and accenting the ceiling detail above. The island housed soft-close recycle bins, a custom charging station, a microwave drawer and all cooking utensils. Lots of seating space was created in the kitchen to enjoy views of the golf course. for finishing touches, we added a pot filler over the cooktop with stainless steel appliances embellishing the contemporary styling. natural marble countertops with beautiful complementary marble backsplash completed the warm color palette. ■


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Best Small/Medium Traditional Kitchen

A World-Style Vibe Designed by Sarah Gallop Design | PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL GRDINA The main objective for this project was to infuse the fun, vibrant personalities of the homeowners into their dated house. We aimed to improve functionality of the sidebar cabinet to store items that were less readily needed in working areas. To optimize the space, the nook had to become a decluttered drop-zone. The request was for ‘anything but a white kitchen’ and it inspired the featured unique blue millwork. We needed to create a backdrop to complement and showcase a trove of worldly travel treasures, and the

renovation created a canvas for the clients’ favourite collections to shine. The challenges included a wall between kitchen and dining areas that needed to be removed to allow kitchen relocation for the creation of a sprawling great room. The kitchen move meant the front entrance hall had to be squared for a more spacious greeting area. Clear, generous, pathways friendly to those with mobility challenges and aging considerations needed to be created.

“We needed to create a backdrop to complement and showcase a trove of worldly travel treasures.” The relocation provided the opportunity to upgrade all plumbing supply lines, and we removed aged copper pipes. The solution was a nook that creates a kitchen - dining - family room flow with better connectivity and interaction, and clean, contemporary built-to-ceiling cabinetry made the space feel larger without added square footage. Space that was previously wasted to an alcove window is now dedicated to a kitchen sink counter for an expansive feel. We retained all existing window placements along the back wall of house, flooding the open kitchen with natural light. Bulkheads were removed and plumbing and wiring relocated for the more spacious feel of taller ceilings. Special features include unique pendant lights and backsplash tile with blue cabinetry, and warm spicy walnut wood lends a world-style vibe. A millwork sideboard features a beautiful walnut drawer and shelving component, tying to the island to showcase the clients’ daughter’s art. Upgraded nAfS-approved efficient windows keep the space more evenly temperate while natural light reduces the need for excessive puck/pot task lighting throughout the kitchen. ■

(Co-designed by Kaylee Lemoignan)


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Best Large Traditional Kitchen

The Gathering Space Designed by Trish Knight, Knight Varga Interiors | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BOB YOUNG We had the privilege of designing this home from the ground up, working with the architectural plans, builder and homeowner from day one. The design inspiration for this home was the clients’ fond memories of their family travels to france and Italy. Although the architectural style is traditional, an open concept plan was favoured to take advantage of the site lines to the lush green landscaping and pool area outside from every room. The client requested a large kitchen with enough working space for family members to cook and bake together. The family wanted an island that could be used both for casual dining and as a serving space for large family gatherings.

Light and brightness permeate the space, with the kitchen located in the center of the home away from any exterior walls or windows. The objective was to design an updated traditional kitchen in an open concept home that blends with the adjacent living spaces. It was important that this home have a youthful feel with traditional materials. The aim was to provide enough storage and workspace for the needs of the whole family. The design challenges included ceilings ranging 12 to 16 feet high; we needed to find a way to ensure the scale and balance of the materials used suited the over-height ceiling. We also designed to ensure there would be an abundance of natural light throughout the space, even on rainy days. The solution was to create balance with the ceiling height, so we added deep coffered ceiling detail and large crown moldings. A black 43 inch Cornufe range was centered on the back wall to draw the eye down and create a focal point. Above it, we designed a custom hood fan cover that finished just below the coffer detail, but higher than the adjacent cabinets. To let in natural light, two large skylights were also incorporated into the coffered ceiling detail on either end of the kitchen, and a third over the dining table. Special features include the 17-foot-long island – which turned out to be a masterpiece, topped with two book-matched slabs of Statuario Quartzite, providing ample workspace for everyone. The living room and kitchen are separated by a wet bar with a Kallista hammered metal sink and Kohler Artifacts Gentleman Bar faucet. The millwork is finished to blend with the wide plank hardwood floors in the rest of the house and contain Sub Zero fridge drawers, used for wine and beverage storage. A pièce de résistance is at the opposite end of the kitchen, where millwork designed like a traditional china cabinet displays beloved family heirlooms. ■

(Co-designed by Ed Isaak, Old World Kitchens)


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Kitchen Designer of the Year

Gladstone Residence Designed by Ami McKay, Pure Design | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANICE NICOLAY “I was eight months pregnant and watching way too much ‘House Hunters’. It was the Cape Cod-style houses that stood out to me.” That is how one of the homeowners recalls the inspiration for the design of this Vancouver new build they commissioned in 2015. “At that time, we had a two-year-old daughter, another baby girl on the way and two Labrador retrievers. We’d clearly outgrown our apartment.”

The grandparents had just built themselves a new house next door to the old family home, and the prospect of having them nearby thrilled the couple. The original house, however, did not. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but since we wanted this to be our forever home, we all agreed it was best to start fresh.”

“White walls optimize the main floor’s open plan, which was unified with common elements.” With that, the dated structure was replaced with a bigger and brighter 2,800-square-foot abode that needed furnishing, Cape Cod style. McKay knew the space had to be functional for the children, the dogs and for the family’s open-door-policy entertaining style, but it also had to be warm and inviting. She implemented a few structural alterations, such as enlarging the windows to take advantage of the light of the plum corner-lot location, expanding the kitchen island to comfortably seat four and added a glass wall in the breakfast nook. White walls optimize the main floor’s open plan, which was unified with common elements – heated porcelain floor tiles that look like beachy white-washed wood, custom cabinetry in the entryway and kitchen and judiciously-placed black accents. The space is light and bright with high contrast. The team wanted the kitchen to feel casual and relaxed without a lot of ornamentation. flat-front cabinetry and simple hardware fit the bill, as did the apron-front sink, keeping the mood informal. The homeowners loved the result for both its coastal vibe and the unexpected tradition it has established. ■



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Best Powder Room

Well Entertained Designed by Madeleine Design Group | PHOTOGRAPHY BY VINCENT LEE The main objective was to create a luxurious contemporary powder room that would have a dramatic impact and leave a lasting impression when entertaining guests. The challenges were finding complementary materials to contrast one another while still highlighting their dramatic impact. We needed to incorporate a wall-mount toilet and faucet, and lighting accents that kept within the dramatic design scheme.

“Special features include an Italian wall-mount faucet specified in a custom finish to complement the natural stone feature and hexagonal undermount sink.â€? The solution was to build up the countertop, giving the vanity a clean, streamlined look and tie it in with the striking porcelain marble slab feature wall. Cove lighting in the ceiling and a side-lit mirror beautifully graze the marble mosaic vanity wall, while all furr out for the wall-mount toilet is paneled in wood to match the rest of the paneled walls, hiding the plumbing inside the wall. Special features include an Italian wall-mount faucet specified in a custom finish to complement the natural stone feature and hexagonal undermount sink. The wall-mount toilet has a modern, clean look while the custom-designed pendant light fixture is finished in brass to enhance the warmth of the wood wall paneling and projection of light from the mirror. Recessed baseboards add a subtle, modern touch to the brass hardware. â–


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Best Medium Contemporary Bathroom

Pairing Dark and Light Designed by Victoria McKenney, Enviable Designs | PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMA PETER Even though this space was built just a few years ago, the colour palette and material choices did not suit the new homeowners. Low ceilings, dark, plain materials and basic fixtures were not inspiring, and the clients wanted to create a beautifully tailored space that had no compromises in terms of quality, function and beauty. Our aim was to design a space that showcased natural materials and clean simple millwork while at the same time creating some visual interest with the fixtures, such as the hand-blown glass wall sconces, intricate mirror design and the

plumbing fittings. Pairing dark and light elements in this room was key to creating a sophisticated feel. Because of the site conditions (including a concrete subfloor) we kept the plumbing fixtures generally in the same locations but upgraded all other aspects of this room, including reworking all of the ceiling vents to add six inches to the overall ceiling height.

“Our aim was to design a space that showcased natural materials and clean simple millwork while at the same time creating some visual interest with the fixtures.” The drop-in tub was replaced with a beautiful freestanding tub which required some concrete work, as did the new zero threshold shower with a linear drain. A bench was added to the shower for comfort. To create a bright space without any natural light, we selected Calacatta marble slabs for the walls and a plain large-format tile for the flooring. Each piece of marble was hand-selected, cut and positioned so that the natural veins were uniform in pattern. White extra thick countertops accent the rift-cut oak millwork to create a soft contrast. We added new trimless pot lights and accent lighting for task purposes and ambience. An artist was brought in to finish the puck lights that were installed into the dark millwork for a perfect match. A focal point of this bathroom is the custom vanity showcasing an integrated gable design wrapping the space, while creating a private area for the toilet. The large gables provide a built-in feel reminiscent of hotel living, as well as adding architectural depth to the space. With hidden ceiling speakers, heated floors and smart home controls, this bathroom can be light, sound and heatcontrolled from anywhere in the world. ■


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Best Large Contemporary Bathroom

Ocean Bluff Estate Designed by Madeleine Design Group | PHOTOGRAPHY BY VINCENT LEE The idea was a contemporary luxury residence that captured the stunning oceanfront views, while the design inspiration came from natural materials and signature west coast elements. Challenges included working with existing architectural details and structural elements, including a vaulted ceiling and large floor space. We aimed to make the space feel proportional in scale, finding balance between the expansive use of marble and other complementary finishes. We incorporated a fireplace into the space, highlighted

the magnificent ocean view and utilized natural light, while working around an existing roofline below existing windows. A built-in bathtub was needed for easy accessibility for aging in place with a separate toilet compartment, without breaking up the use of marble slab on the walls. We decided on a framed vanity wall in walnut with clean, flat slab cabinetry designed to be centered on the overall room, complementing the existing vaulted ceiling. The sinks were off-centered for functionality with a makeup counter to the left, creating balance. A marble slab vanity wall was added to tie in with the rest of the shower walls and floor, while a clean marble slab wall on the fireplace complements the large window. The space plan allows the homeowners to soak in the view through a window that functionally maintains privacy. We also incorporated clerestory windows in the shower and toilet compartment to allow natural light to filter in from the east. A mix of opaque and clear glass creates a spacious feel. Special features include custom-sized backlit mirrors for even lighting and a clean look, a mounted towel warmer and warming drawer built into bottom middle drawer of the vanity. Steps to the built-in jacuzzi tub are finished in marble slab. Integrated LED lighting warms the space, and a blown crystal glass chandelier is centered on the vaulted ceiling, while modern polished plaster finish on walls creates a more luxurious finish than drywall or wallpaper could. â–

(Co-designed by Serena Sawyer)


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Best Traditional Bathroom

A Return to Tradition Designed by Reisa Pollard, Beyond Beige Interior Design | PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMANDA OSTER, PROVOKE STUDIOS The clients’ busy lives drew them to the idea of living on a farm. They wanted a sanctuary – their retreat from the hustle and bustle. The master bathroom was to be a key part of the experience, a place of serenity, a Zen-like environment with a connection to the outdoors. They wanted ample storage so that nothing normally left on a counter would be an issue, everything was to be put away so that time spent in the bathroom, whether an extended shower or a bubble bath, could be focused on the beauty surrounding them.

The space was long and narrow with a soaring ceiling, making it challenging to design a space that felt warm and intimate. The original design had a wall between the water closet and the shower. This was convenient for the plumbing, but took away the “lightness” and simplicity of the glass enclosures for the water closet and shower. We were able to move the plumbing to the outside wall by furring out the wall for proper insulation. We then had the challenge of finding a stone mason that could clad the wall in an authentic old European-style of installation and integrate the plumbing fixtures. We clad the opposite wall in reclaimed barn wood. The horizontal lines draw the eye down to the french doors that lead to a private patio. The long, floating vanity is a dramatic feature at over 18-feet long and grounds the space while leaving the floor space open underneath. The mirror was custom-made to match the length of the vanity with horizontal led panels to properly light up the face. Lots of ceiling lighting was required to light the space adequately. We added lighting under the vanity for mood or night lighting and a pretty chandelier dropped over the tub. The concrete is warm underfoot with radiant heat and provided for a curbless shower. The wall textures provide warmth and interest without taking away from the view. All black fixtures stand out against the soft coloured backdrop and tie in the windows. ■


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Bathroom Designer of the Year

An Architectural Bath Hub Designed by Victoria McKenney, Enviable Designs | PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMA PETER Feeling like they had an awkward layout and dated materials, these homeowners wished for a brand new master ensuite that incorporated luxurious and beautiful materials into a modern, open concept floor plan. The original bathroom entrance opened into the walk-in closet that then led into the ensuite. Once inside, the toilet was centre stage and a true eyesore. The extra large shower was impractical, and the vanity was almost useless due to the window location. Dark green floors and white laminate cabinets and countertops created a very dated, early ‘90s era design, which needed a refreshing update.

The clients’ number one request for this master ensuite was to add a tub - for their own use of course, but also to add resale value. To accomplish this, we reworked the floor plan completely by taking space from the closet and then relocating its entry. We created a “wet room” space where the old shower was, which allowed us to design a feature wall and backdrop, showcasing the architecture of the tub while nestled into a completely tiled area. The floor was re-levelled to create a zero-threshold space and we then incorporated a seamless linear drain. This created a larger feeling in the space and increased its accessibility, planning for future possible mobility challenges. The shower was then integrated in the space with a clean piece of glass for separation. By removing the existing window, which was originally located above one of the sinks, we were able to create a balanced wall of mirrors and sconces. Topped with a marble countertop, the herringbone-patterned vessel sinks sit atop the extra thick marble countertop. The plumbing fixtures were designed with a custom french gold finish, which warms up the neutral white palette. The design aesthetic was shaped with a calming, spa-like feel in mind. Honed marble floors with a water pattern created the base for the room. The walls were then tiled with a honed extra-white thassos marble interlaced with a textured ceramic accent tile. The feature wall and focal point of the entire room is a combination of marble slab and a honed/polished calacatta mosaic tile. We installed pot lights to illuminate the wall and allow the tiles to sparkle. A digital shower system and intelligent toilet were integrated to create a technologically-advanced space, which can be upgraded as needed. With this renovation, the clients now have a stunning, technologically-savvy space that highlights a freestanding tub and a beautiful and functional vanity space. ■ 33

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Creating Spaces with Enhanced Accessibility Designed by Kendall Ansell Interiors | PHOTOGRAPHY BY CELISSE SARGENT, WHEAT GUM GRAPHICS This was the first universal design project the team had been invited to work on, and we were up to the task. The Olympic Village condo was a large unit that had a great layout to approach the renovation, which was to be tailored to a client with mobility challenges. The team re-designed the existing kitchen to create an accessible layout and added pull down accessories to all the

upper cabinets. We turned the flex room/den into a usable space for wheelchair storage, and additional cabinet space to store small appliances.

“Most of the counters are two inches lower than the standard 36-inch height, which would make it easier for the homeowner to be able to see inside pots bubbling away on the stovetop or reach the sink to wash dishes.” In the bathroom, we modified the existing vanity to be wheelchair-accessible and added a bench in the shower. Most of the counters are two inches lower than the standard 36-inch height, which would make it easier for the homeowner to be able to see inside pots bubbling away on the stovetop or reach the sink to wash dishes. The team had to keep the standard counter height in one smaller area to accommodate the height of the dishwasher; if they had changed to dishwasher drawers to keep the lower counter height, it would have bumped the budget up significantly. Following project completion, we felt grateful and honored to have created an environment where our client could enjoy her home more easily. ■


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Best Showroom

Classic Styled Kitchen Designed by Jodie Hall & Daryl Berden – Merit Kitchens/ Ridgewater Homes Ltd. | PHOTOGRAPHY BY YINGER WONG This kitchen concept has a ten-foot ceiling and we wanted to optimize the use of the height and showcase how extra storage can be utilized.

Under cabinet puck lights, strip lighting at the back of the shelves in the “hutch area” and uplight strips have been added to the floating shelves.

The top doors in this kitchen are 18 inches high and have frosted glass inserts so a multitude of items can be stored within.

The cabinets are like bottom-lit display room windows to showcase lovingly -ollected china and other culinary treasures.

The accent of walnut is used sparingly and a variety of different types of lighting are used throughout the kitchen.

There are several different accessories inside the cabinets to make the use of each space special for each homeowner.

“The cabinets are like bottom-lit display room windows to showcase lovingly-collected china and other culinary treasures.” Custom-grooved panels have been used on the ends of the island while pop-up electrical outlets sit on the top. Custom valances have also been added to the bottoms of the cabinets to fancy up the toe kicks while plant-on doors are used to finish the ends of the upper and lower cabinets. The result is a clean, classic feel with mass appeal. ■


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Poolside Paradise Designed by Matt Herbert, Sherwood Outdoor Kitchens | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SPENCER WATSON The objective for this project was to enhance the homeowners’ outdoor space to create a sense of resort living that could appeal to all generations. With year-round family enjoyment in mind, the outdoor kitchen space was designed to provide a relaxed poolside vibe that could be enjoyed by young and old alike, and make barbeque season even more efficient and enjoyable. To increase functionality, we incorporated multiple work

zones in the kitchen. These are separated down into clean up, cooking and drink preparation. On the left side is a dedicated clean up zone with a large modern farm-style Lynx sink allowing for a functional space for washing family-sized dishes opposite a double-trash pull-out incorporated into the island unit for easy disposal of organics. Centred in the kitchen is a Lynx professional grill with duel rotisseries paired alongside a duel Lynx side burner and dropin Wolf deep fryer. The equipment was included to cater to a flexible menu, ranging from children’s favorites to steaks, which could be cooked to perfection. Taking into consideration a potentially high grease and smoke environment, a 60-inch Lynx Pro hood fan with powerful 1200cfm motor was installed and vented through the pool building behind. The right side of the kitchen was oriented towards the preparation of drinks and refreshments. A 24-inch undercounted fridge and compact ice maker were paired with a specialized Lynx cocktail centre. Constructed from exterior-grade 304 stainless steel, the doors and cabinets provided a neutral contemporary look against a dramatic bookmatched Dekton Entzo marble backdrop. Bar seating was incorporated into the island unit to allow guests to sit close to the action. Dekton Galema was used for all the counters, which provided a durable stain and heat resistant surface for such a demanding area. Multiple drawers and pull out shelving were added to achieve the same level of functionality that would be expected within an interior kitchen. ■


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Farmhouse Meets Modern Glamour Designed by Negar Reihani, Space Harmony | PHOTOGRAPHY BY COLIN PERRY The challenge was to transform a small and dated kitchen into an elegant and functional one that meets the needs of a busy family that does lots of cooking, baking and entertaining. The first order was to change the layout from what used to be a “typical” kitchen 40 years ago to what is needed for today’s lifestyle. The wall separating the kitchen from the rest of the house was partially opened and the dining area was moved from inside the kitchen to its new location. With the dining room gone, the kitchen was extended to accommodate a generously-sized cooking station by the

windows in a tucked-away corner, where the dining area used to be. This is great for everyday cooking as the mess is not visible from the rest of the house and the scents are perfectly exhausted through the double windows and the large hood. The extra-large island provides an ideal preparation area while there is still space left for daily family use.

“The black and gold combination has a “traditional/formal” vibe while white subway tile and reeded-glass pantry doors inject some “casual” air to the space.” Different types of storage are provided throughout the kitchen to accommodate different needs and also to provide a visual balance. All small appliances are housed inside a cabinet with pull-out shelves so they can be used while kept there. With the new open layout, double-high ceilings and abundance of natural light, we had to do something unique when it came to selecting the color scheme and finishes, so we chose a caviar black cabinet colour. The black kitchen is bold and unexpected and truly anchors the space. The brushed gold accents soften the space while connecting with light oak floors throughout. The black and gold combination has a “traditional/ formal” vibe while white subway tile and reeded-glass pantry doors inject some “casual” air to the space. The Volakas marble island and its soft cream, gray and gold veining add an understated elegance to the space while pulling everything together. The parameter countertops are kept in white quartz for practicality. The kitchen is a sophisticated mix of farmhouse meets modern glamour. ■



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