Client: Busy professional couple with 3 children aged 10, 13, 17 who like to entertain family and friends frequently.
Location: Bearspaw Ridge Crescent, Rocky View County, AB
Overall Home Renovation: 6756 sq. ft.
Kitchen: 475 sq ft.
This Bearspaw estate home had plenty of potential and more than enough space for this family of five. It was clear from the start that what it lacked was any modern amenities or good function and flow.
A narrow butlers pantry, sunshine ceilings, abundant oak panelling, dated appliances and lack of natural light were just a few of the issues keeping this kitchen from shining.
This family craved a space where they could have a pack of kids run in and out without being underfoot and where friends and family could visit while helping the primary cook prep for large gatherings.
create a space for entertaining large groups
materials that would stand up to family living
hardworking appliances that will make everyday chores efficient and quick
built in storage
more prep area
casual eat-in seating for family
The open-plan entertaining space features a gourmet chef's kitchen with dual caesarstone quartz islands, circular glass eating bar, Gaggenau/Wolf appliances, and that opens up to the dining area inclusive of wine bar.
During the undertaking of this whole home renovation by Room Service Interiors, special focus was put on crafting a high functioning kitchen with dedicated zones and workstations to reflect how the clients would use their space.
The final design included 7 dedicated zones that would allow each person in the home to use the kitchen as needed. Keeping things thoughtfully arranged within each of these zones was especially critical so that everything needed to accomplish a task was within arm’s reach.
How we Achieved the Outcome through Planning:
Prior to beginning any drawings, I spend time really getting to know the clients and what’s important to them. With so many details involved in designing a kitchen, it’s easy to overlook. I follow up after our initial discussion with a comprehensive questionnaire that identifies who uses the kitchen, how they’d like to use it, what is stored in the kitchen and point of use.
Here is a list of the zones I identified and how it was configured to make life easier for this family of five:
Pantry & Food Storage
In this kitchen, we chose to have both dry goods and cold storage/refrigeration along one wall. It is the closest access to the garage and has a drop zone on the islands to make putting away groceries a breeze.
The pull-out wall pantries are an efficient use of space and they allow users to see exactly what they have (umm…ever lost anything at the back of your corner pantry?). This kitchen included a “magic corner” pantry and four pull outs paired with two 24” refrigeration columns and an 18” freezer column to create a well-stocked chef’s delight.
It’s not unusual to have a breakfast bar, but this family needed a space that served a more multi-purpose function due to the sheer number of kids and guests in and out on a daily basis. The space I designed for the clients included a snack/drink bar with a refrigerated drawer for cold beverages and food as well as a coffee bar and cup warming drawer for caffeine-craving adults.
Having plumbed in water lines and storage above it ensured that users could take care of all of their snacking needs without criss-crossing the kitchen.
The primary cook preferred to have everything in its place and out of sight if possible. Plates and glasses were stored close to the snack bar and within a few steps of the eating bar and dining room, contravening any need to enter the cooking and prep zone.
With 475 sq ft to utilize, it’s no surprise that there’s plenty of room for prep, but configuring space for this all-important task still needed to be intentional. The main workstation is the cook-top island. Positioned smartly across from the refrigerator and double wall oven, it’s tricked out with built-ins to accommodate all of the homeowners needs. And with the raised eating bar on the end for friends and family alike, the chef is never left out of the conversation.
Cooking and Baking
The cooking zone includes the double oven with steam, warming drawer, induction cooktop with downdraft vent, microwave drawer and refrigerator. Deep drawers with storage for pots and pans under the cooktop along with a pot filler in the island keeps unnecessary steps to a minimum while flanking pullouts for knives, spices and oils keep frequently used items on hand and orderly. Next to the wall ovens, a pullout for pans adds to easy organization.
The large main kitchen sink was primarily designed for clean up of pots, pans and bakeware while the smaller island in the second island was created for rinsing snack and dish ware before placing in the double dishdrawer directly adjacent. Next to each sink is a trash receptacle and underneath, I made sure to include a pullout for storing cleaning supplies such as sponges, soap, cleaning supplies, and garbage bags.
To create an effective space for entertaining, the chef should be able to converse with his/her guests even while cooking. Hello eating bar that also happens to do double duty as a homework space when the kids have questions or need supervision. We designed this eating bar on the same end of the kitchen as the homeowner’s organization centre.
Rather than serving as an office (which had it’s own home), we built in filing drawers for school papers and sports schedules.
Need a recipe? No problem, concealed shelves on the wall above contained ample space for cookbooks or you could simply look one up on the pop up screen hidden within the prep island when not in use.