February 9, 2018

Kitchen Issue: Clean, modern, scenic

A Britannia Beach kitchen opens on to stunning views

By Kathleen Freimond

From its scenic perch on a hillside overlooking Howe Sound, this Britannia Beach home features a kitchen designed both for entertaining and for maximizing the spectacular natural views.
The modern and clean lines in the large kitchen reflect the design esthetic of the new home, says Avi Dhaliwal, managing director of Canvas Homes, the company that designed and built the 5,700-square-foot house.
The glass doors separating the kitchen from the 420-square-foot deck open to create an entertainment space of almost 1,000 square feet, fulfilling one of the homeowners’ design directives, adds Dhaliwal.
A wall of cabinets in graphite walnut (manufactured by Shinnoki) anchors the back wall, the horizontal wood grain complementing the other strong lines in the room.
The cabinets are 36 inches deep, providing plenty of storage space in the 555-square-foot kitchen. Dhaliwal says while the upper cabinets have typical shelving, the base cabinets have drawers to ease access to the deeper-than-usual space. The 29-foot-long feature wall also accommodates an integrated Thermador fridge and freezer, convection and steam ovens, and a built-in coffee maker.
To contrast the walnut, Dhaliwal installed white cabinets with a glossy finish on the perimeter sidewall. Instead of a backsplash above the double Kubus sink by Franke, and signature Miso faucet from Rubi by Soligo, he opted for windows to let in extra light and make the most of the view.
Not surprisingly one of the most challenging features in the kitchen is the 50-square-foot island and the one-of-a-kind built-in dining table.
“It was very complicated getting all the angles correct for the waterfall edge on the island and the table,” says Dhaliwal. The standard medium-grey Caesarstone quartz was mitred to create a visual depth of four inches on the island countertop and an eye-catching 12-inch edge for the waterfall.
The table, like all the other cabinetry, including the island, is floating.
“Only a small central support on the table is visible and it has a four-foot cantilever at the end. By floating all the cabinets and the island—and avoiding the traditional toe kick below the cabinets—it makes for a lighter and more modern look,” says Dhaliwal.
Avoiding any elements that would obstruct or interfere with the view influenced other design choices. Five simple white pendant lights by Matteo Lighting are positioned above the table rather than the island to keep sightlines clear and unobstructed, while the canopy on the hood fan above the Thermador gas cooktop is glass for the same reason.
In a space that eschews fussiness, Dhaliwal took care to include pop-up electrical receptacles rather than traditional outlets.
“They’re very functional—they pop up when you need them, and they don’t get in the way when they’re not in use,” he says.
The engineered hardwood floor, used throughout the home, is a brushed white oak.
“Although the flooring and cabinets are made of different types of wood, the colours of the materials complement each other—both have a brownish grey tone, with underlying greens and blues,” says Dhaliwal.
+ This kitchen is a finalist in the Georgie Awards in the category, Best Single Family Kitchen Over $100,000.

Why it Works
Stylish dining: The dining table floats with only a central support and an extended four-foot cantilever, enhancing the kitchen’s airy ambience.
Design and shine: The glossy acrylic finish on the white cabinets juxtaposes against the warm wood elements elsewhere in the kitchen, supporting the modern and contemporary design.
Spacemaker: The kitchen and deck easily combine to create a unified space for entertaining, while the ceiling-mounted heaters on the deck extend the season.
Favourite Feature? “The island and the dining table. This is the first time we have integrated a table with an island. It’s a really a good use of space and the table is a nice feature,” says Dhaliwal.

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