When we designed this house with KRN Residential Design, we left out some storage closets to allow for bigger rooms. You may be thinking, “Wait, what? You left out closets??” but hear me out! Would you rather have a tiny hallway closet with shelving that you jam pack full of towels and sheets, or ceiling height cabinetry in your bathrooms that have towels and everything you need for that room? Or a beautiful laundry area with closed shelves for linens? Yes. I just described a laundry area as beautiful. Gone are the days of hallways full of doors (we have seven doors down the hallway of our 1970’s bungalow – 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 3 closets) and in are the custom built-in cabinets designed to hide your stuff.
We’re working with Rick’s Custom Cabinetry for all of the built-ins in the house. Rick’s came highly recommended to us and we’ve seen some of his work in various showhomes around the city. I’ve got some basic renderings to show you and they will give you an idea of what we’re having built.
Let’s start off with the bathroom vanities, since I’m sure you’re still questioning my sanity for leaving out a hallway closet for towels and stuff.
The house has 4 bathrooms: powder room (basic vanity, not pictured), basement bathroom (same vanity as jack and jill), the jack and jill (pictured above) and the master ensuite (pictured above). Check out those ceiling height storage units! Imagine all the towels, toiletries and extra tissue paper you could store. Your bathroom would be so organized. The cabinetry will be painted mdf door fronts in a beveled shaker style. I took a bit of a risk with the colour for the jack and jill vanity as well as the master ensuite vanity. Ready?
The other cabinetry throughout the house (with the exception of the kitchen island) will be painted a beautiful white. Note: I realize this colour sample looks grey on the computer.. in real life, it’s white. Trust me 🙂
The colours may not show properly on your screen, so you’ll just have to come by the house in person when it’s open as a showhome to see them in real life. Our grand opening will be on May 9th, as part of the Amazing Spaces Tour!
Next up, laundry.
This space was something that we changed at the last minute. The original plan from KRN Residential Design was to have the laundry in a closet, closed off by doors. However, the doors would have blocked any drawers or cabinet doors from fully opening so we decided to leave the doors off and make the space extra pretty. Granite countertops from CNG Stone should do the trick, right?
The last bit of cabinetry on the second floor of the house can be found in the children’s bedrooms. We designed the space beside the closet to have a built-in desk area. We think it will be a bright and airy space for kids to do homework, display books and toys and have a little organization in their rooms.
We’re almost ready to show you the kitchen, the pièce de résistance, but first, let’s take a peak at the basement bar area.
Perfect. Grab a nice cold drink while watching a movie on the projector screen, installed by Automated AV.
Let’s head back up to the main floor of the house. We’ve got a bench and floating shelf being installed in the foyer, and a pretty awesome mudroom plan in the works. What will really make the main floor special is the attention to detail around the fireplace and the kitchen cabinetry.
I’m actually thinking about removing the very top shelf to allow for a larger space to display tall vases and artpieces. I’m strongly leaning towards this direction, but you’ll just have to see the house in person to find out what my final decision is.
We went with 9 foot cabinetry (to the ceiling) and all the wonderful organization we could cram into the space. Pull out pantries, hidden storage in the island, a wine rack, curio.. this kitchen has it all. As mentioned above, the cabinets will all be White Dove, with the exception of the island. We jumped on the navy train and chose this beautiful colour as a feature:
The kitchen is complete with a nice little desk area to organize mail and cookbooks. Around the corner from the desk area is the broom closet.
And lastly, another angle of the island.
You can see that the kitchen ends nicely with a built-in curio. This cabinet is angled into the dining room and will provide great storage for wine glasses or breakable knickknacks.
The design process was truly a fun experience. Our kitchen designer from Rick’s came to us with these great ideas and we made minor tweaks here and there. The end results will surely be beautiful with the high quality and professional craftsmanship of Rick’s Custom Cabinetry.