Kitchen Design: The befores and afters
RIGHT: The counter space behind the wall had become a catch-all, making it totally impractical for any other use.
FAR RIGHT: By opening the wall and creating an eat-at counter and workspace, the efficiency of the kitchen is dramatically improved. The new counter houses both the dishwasher and waste/recycling centre, plus an area for trays and baking sheets.
FAR LEFT: A dated and inefficient kitchen that is dark and cluttered.
LEFT: transformed into a bright, spacious space with a much more efficient layout that includes adding counter space to the right of the stove.
RIGHT: The counter space at the entrance to the kitchen was always a catch-all and the wall separating the entry door from the kitchen kept the space feeling crammed and blocked sunlight from permeating the room.
FAR RIGHT: With the wall removed, the counter becomes a breakfast bar (and the dishwasher is relocated freeing up cabinet space). Overall, the kitchen is now much more easily accessible from the entry hall.
FAR LEFT: The counter space is rarely used as it has become a repository for appliances and kitchen accessories.
LEFT: A bank of drawers, a better access to lower cupboards and removing the corner unit allowed an almost unused corner of this kitchen to become the main food preparation area.
Fully-accessible bathroom design
BRIEF: To create a wheelchair-accessible bathroom in a newly-built basement room.
It was important that this room not appear institutional or old-fashioned.
It was imperative to use fittings and fixtures that were easy to use for both the owner and caregiver.
Features of this room include a curbless shower, allowing the wheelchair to be rolled in unobstructed and a sink that allows the user to access while sitting.
Other features include a penny tile floor to reduce any possibilities of slipping, motion detector lighting, a "touch-tap" faucet and luxurious Carrera marble.
proposed wheelchair ramp
(Currently under construction) The design incorporates a stair access within a wheelchair ramp.
The elegant circular design is less intrusive on the landscape and incorporates beautifully into the newly-built home.