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Beautiful Built-Ins…… everywhere!

     March 23, 2015 0 Comments

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?

coventry gray

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 🙂

white dove

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.

basement bar

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.

fireplace builtins

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.

And ready?



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:

hale navy

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.

kitchen office broom closet

And lastly, another angle of the island.

kitchen 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.

About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Kitchen Planning

     June 3, 2014 0 Comments

When you go with a home builder, you buy the house plan  and select the package you’d like for flooring, cabinetry and lighting. We are planning to have the house built to lock-up by a homebuilder and then act as the managers ourselves to finish everything else. Since we will be hiring our own contractors for the inside of the home, we’ve started meeting with some of the companies we’d be interested in working with to collect quotes and determine if there is potential for trade.

We met with a wonderful locally owned kitchen cabinetry company. We can’t say who, yet, but let me tell you – they were a pleasure to deal with. We sent them our floor plan and they got back to us immediately with a quote for the whole house. They quoted us for not only the kitchen, but for the fireplace bookcases, the foyer bench and all of the bathroom vanities. We went down to their showroom to look at samples of their work and the different cabinet options. If we go with them, we’ll have our work cut out with selecting a cabinet front… they have dozens to choose from!

cabinetry highlighted2

I’ve been picturing a white kitchen with a coloured island. Perhaps a deep navy, or light robin’s egg blue. What do you think? These are the pictures I’ve been liking on Pinterest. If you’re not following my page, you should!

If you’ve recently renovated your kitchen and want to show it off, e-mail me at I would love to come see your kitchen, snap some pictures and tell your story. I’d love to feature your custom renovation on this blog!

Have you been renovating lately? Would you like a coloured island, or neutral kitchen? Light or dark cabinetry? Two-tone? Wood? Painted? Yikes. So many options!

About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.