June 2, 2016
A house without compromises
Trish and Angelo Lucarino custom- designed their Burnaby home to cater to their own needs and lifestyle
By Kathleen Freimond
It’s almost impossible to resist being pulled from the front door of Angelo and Trish Lucarino’s home straight to the deck by the spectacular views of the Vancouver city skyline and the North Shore mountains. But the stunning kitchen is enough to sidetrack many guests before they head outdoors.
Anchored by a four-metre island, the kitchen, like the rest of the 2,700-square-foot home in Burnaby’s Capitol Hill neighbourhood, reflects a modern and uncluttered esthetic.
“It’s my dream kitchen,” says Trish. “I designed the kitchen around the way I cook and where I like to keep things, like my spices. Previously, I have always adjusted to a kitchen. This time, I decided where I wanted things and then created the design around my personal preferences — everything is exactly where I want it.”
The Sub-Zero refrigerator column features an upper cabinet and two separate crisper and deli drawers behind an integrated panel that bookends one side of the kitchen. A large pantry cupboard, concealed behind identical ceiling-height cabinetry, completes the pairing at the other end of the counter. Alongside these large panels, symmetry prevails with two illuminated glass-fronted cabinets stretching from countertop to ceiling, maximizing the vertical space in a kitchen with no upper cabinets.
A custom stainless-steel hood above the six-burner Wolf gas range centres the space between the bookends and complements the quartz countertops and backsplash.
Trish thought about the two playful sconces on either side of the hood for six months before she had them installed. “I worried they would not fit with the industrial look of the hood and range, but now they are there, they add some sparkle and softness to the space,” she says.
The island features an under-mount sink and provides plenty of storage and space for two freezer drawers, along with two Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawers, also behind integrated panelling.
The six white-leather kitchen stools at the island echo the white-leather Natuzzi sofa recliners in the living room, where a lucite and glass coffee table nestles on a sheepskin area rug. Glass doors between the living room and patio, with its frameless glass railings, are open all summer, says Trish.
The infinity pool, which makes swimmers feel like part of the view, is the showstopper in the outdoor space.
Trish and Angelo love to entertain friends and family and they host many pizza-pool parties on the deck in the summer. “For the pizza parties, we do typical Italian toppings with my mother-in-law’s homemade sauce and prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, bocconcini, mozzarella, mushrooms — the works!”
The pizza oven is part of the outdoor kitchen, built by steel fabricators 304 Innovations who also made the stainless-steel range hood.
Tempered-glass panels trace the extra-wide staircase where stainless-steel handrails lead to the bedrooms upstairs. “We sacrificed some square footage to have wider passages and stairs. It makes the whole house feel a lot more open and spacious — definitely worth it,” adds Trish.
I decided where I wanted things and then created the design around my personal preferences — everything is exactly where I want it.
More glass panels surround the upstairs patio, Trish’s favourite part of the house. “I spend hours out here relaxing and enjoying the view, or if I can’t sleep, I curl up on the chaise with a book and turn on the [outdoor] fireplace,” she says.
Inside the main bedroom, a distinctive circular white African juju feather headdress is juxtaposed against the straight lines of the tufted white headboard and bench, custom made by Quality Sofamakers in Vancouver.
In the adjoining en suite, Trish has avoided the more traditional round sinks and toilet and opted for less-usual square shapes. Two sinks with complementary square waterfall faucets are in harmony with square chandeliers and a square rainshower head in the shower, where a heated seat and floor make the space comfortable year-round.
The square theme continues in the nearby walk-in closet, where four-sided crystal and chrome door knobs sparkle on the cabinet doors. Trish was inspired by Carrie Bradshaw’s closet in Sex and the City when she designed the space where all the shelves, shoe racks, purse compartments and hanging rails are behind cabinet doors.
“Walk-in closets can easily look cluttered and uncoordinated,” says Trish. “Having everything out of sight behind doors makes it look organized and spacious.”