Our clients have a large extended family and believe the heart of the home is in the kitchen. Their main goal was to have a welcoming and inviting space where family and friends could congregate and accommodate a minimum of 12 at the kitchen table. We designed a new one-story rear addition facing the pool as a dedicated space for the kitchen table. Food preparation now also faces the backyard, and the overall focus in the room has shifted outside via floor-to-ceiling windows.
We kept the connection to both the formal dining room and the stair hall but made them smaller to accommodate a more spacious cooking area. With increased glazing across the rear of the house, sunlight control was important to maintain visual and temperate comfort in the Kitchen. Automated blinds were discreetly hidden in the small ceiling valence encircling the room.
The Tasting Room was designed within the underutilized den space at the front of the house. Now it is used for entertaining and showcasing the client’s love of wine and spirits. Custom-designed cabinets and shelves were incorporated throughout the room, as well as a central tasting table with leathered stone top for hosting guests. Herringbone hardwood flooring throughout the space also runs up the wall as an accent with a bench below for lounging. A black sink and faucet blend into the polished stone counter and custom corner cabinetry seamlessly incorporate the functional needs of the space. A custom window light box with shelving was created for showcasing wine and spirits and to increase the ambient light coming into the room from the foyer. The colour-changing LED lightbox feature can be seen obscurely from the foyer outside, only truly unfolding once you enter the space. Decorative lighting and wallpaper were selected to add another level of sophistication.