It is exciting to see the home stretch of this kitchen renovation. Quartz countertops and leather-like granite are throughout the kitchen. The east wall is home to the steam oven, convection wall oven, kitchen desk, prep sink and the coffee bar. This area is located outside the main cooking area and opposite the eating area. It can double as a great entertaining bar area when having people in. There is a large scale subway white tile on the backsplash. The cabinet doors are accented with acid etch glass and black hardware. The glass adds another texture without having to keep your cupboards clean! The display quality of clear glass was not preferred
Up on the second floor, the children’s play room and craft area built-ins are nearing completion. Prior to the renovation, the toys could be found in all corners of the house. The challenge with most crafts is they cannot be complete in one sitting; by creating an area where the crafts can be complete and possibly left out is to everyone’s advantage. The work space is out of the main stream of activities and toys and crafts alike will be hidden from view in this wall organizer. A detailed inventory of the materials, toys and sewing machine were taken prior to the final design. This ensured that all the items had a home in the new wall unit. The contrast of the hickory hardwood and paint grade cabinetry makes for a very light filled space. The true test will come when the boxes are unpacked.
The en suite walk-in shower has tuned out great. The space is generous with a large tiled recessed niche to house the shampoo and shower essentials. The shower was completed with the Schluter water proofing system and linear Kerdi drain. This feature allows the flooring to remain relatively flat on one plane with a gradual slope to the drain assembly. Without the floor pitching to a central drain it is more comfortable for the user and can create easier accessibility. A glass panel will be added to the pony wall and take advantage of the new window and generous natural light.
Do you remember those initial finishes and selections? We are seeing the realization of many of those original decisions. Maintenance has been a critical factor in most choices. The flooring was no exception. The natural hickory, wide plank was a perfect solution. The hardwood was delivered two weeks prior to the start of installation to acclimatize to the home and climate. Planks will run perpendicular to the floor joists and a foam underlay was installed for comfort, sound attenuation and performance. There was an in-joist heating system previously installed below the main floor system. This product was approved for this application. The natural coloring and variation is the perfect back drop for the other products and finishes that will complete the home.
The natural ledge stone is now complete on the fireplace face and two returns. By extending the stone to the ceiling, we have created better proportion with the oversized existing wood burning fireplace and the family room. The final darker stain was applied to the existing wood ceiling and has transformed this into an elegant space. The entertainment unit will be the center focus of the room and the fireplace with it’s stone tower is a wonderful assistant. The far side of the room has the patio access opposite the dining room. It is exciting to see the room take shape.
The en suite wall and shower tiles are being installed following the countertops. The tile covers the whole wall and gives a great texture to the room. There will be two individual mirrors with a wall scone on either side. The grain runs horizontal to help the room feel bigger on this wall, in the walk-in shower the direction will be vertical. Tiled features not only create a feature in a room, they can also add an element of color, texture and durability. Go ahead – explore different tile shapes, visuals and sizes.
The on-site staining is now in progress. The kitchen cabinets and beams are requiring one more coat of lacquer. A pass-through access was added to access the mudroom recycling deposit bin. This container can then be removed and disposed of from the mudroom. A paint grade panel painted to match the wall color will disguise this feature nicely. From this side you can see the west wall of cabinets with the kitchen sink and window. The brackets are installed on the island end ready to receive the butcher block top. The easterly cooking wall contains the ovens and pantry access.
The fireplace has been re-clad in plywood in preparation for the ledge stone installation. There was two rebar supports concealed prior to the substrate that will support the weight of the new live-edge mantel. A slab of BC cedar was stained and treated prior to the installation. A valence hides a channel on the underside of the slab for the stocking hooks. Santa can fill the stockings! Ledge stone from a local quarry has been sourced and the installation is scheduled to begin next week.
The largest driver of the renovation was a new kitchen. Today is the first day that the first mill work boxes are being set in place. You can see the island as it relates to the coffee bar and dining table. Beyond is the entrance to the family room. The finish of the cabinets will be the same walnut finish as the entertainment unit. There will be a granite slab on the island and a butcher block countertop at the south end for a breakfast bar. There will be walnut beams to divide the dining room from the kitchen.