A Very ‘80s Kitchen Gets a Dramatic, Modern Renovation
A lot of important cultural icons and events can be traced back to the ‘80s — the official end of the Cold War, the beginning of CNN, and the signing of Canada’s constitution. But with the good, there’s always the bad. We’re talking kitchen design here, which in the typical ‘80s townhome style meant small spaces cut up by a maze of interior walls, aging bisque-colored laminate cabinets, and soulless lighting that had little practical or aesthetic value.
That’s exactly what these homeowners had on their hands. Stuck with an original kitchen, circa 1988, they decided it was time for an upgrade — a major one. First order of business: transform the claustrophobic layout into a much bigger space and open the whole place up.
Removing the bearing wall required installing a steel beam to support the floor above. Next, we set to work completely redoing the flooring, walls, cabinetry, and appliances. The back splash and counter-tops are made of Quartz. The flat panel cabinet doors and the pot lights throughout add modernity. Thoughtful accessories like the utensil bin, knife block pullout, recycle bin, and under-cabinet lighting make cooking a joy again for the delighted homeowners.
The new kitchen island is both functionally and stylistically perfect: pretty enough to be integrated into the living space with coordinating navy upholstered bar chairs, yet at the same time worthy of an expert home chef who cooks often for friends and family.