February 9, 2018

Kitchen Issue: Family room

The clean, classic design at the heart of this home is a space for serious cooks, young and old

By Kathleen Freimond

Sticky-fingered kid chefs often rub elbows with more experienced cooks in this spacious kitchen that takes full advantage of the views of its seaside location in Crescent Beach, South Surrey.
Functionality topped the homeowners’ must-have list for a kitchen anchoring the large 22-by-38-foot open-plan space that includes a family room and dining nook.
“We knew the kitchen would be heavily used because this is where the extended family comes together and there are often three generations in the kitchen, so function and flow were as important as the esthetics,” says Shauna Townsend, lead designer at Form Creative, a subsidiary of Forge Properties, the company that built the custom home.
The design of the 275-square-foot kitchen is true to the “clean and classic” character of the rest of the house. On the back wall, ceiling-high white cabinets with Shaker doors—with the all-important soft-close features to cut down on noise in the open space—support the light and airy ambience of the kitchen while providing a mix of display and closed storage.
To facilitate the family’s preference for fresh produce—including the harvest from their own vegetable garden—the kitchen has two side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerators while a freezer is relegated to the pantry across the hall.
A six-burner, 48-inch Wolf range with two ovens has a practical stainless-steel backsplash while the additional convection and steam ovens on the far side of the kitchen ensure there’s place to heat dishes from multiple cooks. Two islands, each four by 10 feet, underscore the functionality necessary to host and prepare favourite recipes for family gatherings.
The island opposite the back wall is a primary prep area with everything busy cooks need—a stainless steel apron-front sink with waste disposal unit, two Asko dishwashers and a garbage recycling centre.
The second island provides plenty of storage with drawer organizers for cutlery and dishware, while the countertop is great for serving appies when the family is entertaining.
But what’s a party without music? Millwork in the island was cut away to make space for the sound system’s subwoofer.
“The subwoofer had to be carefully installed. To make sure the sound isn’t distorted, it had to sit directly on the sub-floor and no part of it could touch millwork,” explains Townsend. Speakers in the coffered ceiling are also part of the home’s sound system.
The Carrara marble countertops and backsplash, along with the engineered oak flooring used throughout the main level, create a classic backdrop for dramatic furniture and pops of colour. Townsend also gave the kitchen a contemporary flair by mixing metals and adding designer lighting from the Visual Comfort Company.
The deliberate mix of stylish matte-black faucets from Kohler’s Purist collection, the brassy gold hardware, the stainless-steel appliances and even the nailheads on the chairs give the space a comfortable and timeless look, says Townsend.
For this family of four, the kitchen is a perfect place for cooking-based play dates, casual get-togethers and formal entertaining.
+ This kitchen is a finalist in the Georgie Awards for Best Single Family Kitchen under $100,000.

Why it Works
Fabulous flooring: The wide-plank engineered oak hardwood floor with a rubbed oil finish is used throughout the main floor, creating a family-friendly ambience and enhancing the flow between the spaces.
Lighting links: The black accent on the three pendants in the kitchen complements the chandelier in the dining nook.
Corners and countertops: The Carrara marble countertops have mitred corners to create classic waterfall edges on both sides of the islands, enhancing the classic design.
Favourite feature? “I love the double islands and how well they accommodate entertaining and family life. If you’re at the prep island you can see the fireplace in the family room, look across to the dining nook and also feel connected to the outdoor space,” says Townsend.

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