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Bye bye builder kitchen

Updated: Jun 14, 2021

This Oakville kitchen was such a delight to design and execute. It started as a dated 'builder grade' space with very little natural light and a small island, not conducive to hosting large groups. The client and her busy family loved to entertain and had a beautiful pool in the back yard but none of this was visible from the kitchen. She was ready for change.

But before we show you the before and after's.... we will take you through how we got there.

Our first goal was to change the layout to incorporate a larger island and open up the back wall to the outdoor pool/deck. In order to do this, we had to put the sink in the island, something our client was NOT sure about... however, the more she thought about the layout and the fact that she would be staring out at the pool, she agreed and it looks fantastic!

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Once we had the layout secured, we knew we wanted to take advantage of the high 9ft ceilings. So we took the cabinetry all the way to the ceiling and created a statement hood over top of the 36" wolf stove.

Next on the list to tackle was flooring. We debated about hardwood in the kitchen vs tile. Our client loved the look of wood, but all of her relatives and friends thought she was crazy as her home is normally the pool party place in the summer time and they were worried about water damage. There was also the issue of having to redo the entire main floor and wanting to make sure it worked with the existing staircase so we didn't have to re-do the upstairs as well. In the end, we put in engineered hardwood and simply added a carpet runner by the patio door for water. It adds to the traditional look of the kitchen with a nod to the "modern farmhouse" vibe that this client loved.

The last space to tackle in this kitchen was the patio door and eat in banquette. For the windows, we custom made tall patio doors with modern grills inside. They were flanked by the same size windows, to create a "wall of glass" and let the pool and sunshine bring the outdoors in. The eat in banquette was also custom made with storage in the bench for cook books, place mats and homework :).

Don't believe this is possible with your home? Let us come show you the possibilities! Here are (finally) the before photos...

For the full photo reveal and the stunning foyer, check out this project at

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