BY BRIAN MCCULLOUGH

It is never easy moving to a new house and leaving behind a kitchen you really love, even if it means being closer to family. This was the situation for an Alta Vista couple returning to Ottawa after being away for a few years.

The kitchen in their new home was large and had lots of storage space, but it just didn’t appeal to them.

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A visit to the design and sales team at Westend Bath and Kitchen was all it took to get themselves fast-tracked to the kitchen of their dreams. Designer Kendra Brunet took charge of the project, and called in veteran contractor Rick Cleroux for the installation work.

“When I first sat down with the clients we went over what they envisioned their new kitchen to be,” Brunet said. “They felt closed in by the long, galley style kitchen and golden oak cabinetry, so the main aspect of the new design would be to open up the space to the rest of the main floor. There was a load-bearing wall between the kitchen and dining room, but I knew that Rick Cleroux would be able to safely remove it to make room for an island and to open the sight lines.”

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By adding a few stools to the island, Brunet gave the couple a spot where they could eat breakfast in the morning, and keep each other company while prepping dinner. It was just what they were looking for. To accommodate the couple’s different colour preferences, Brunet recommended Deslaurier custom lacquered white cabinets for the main kitchen area, and dark-stained cabinetry for the island. She completed the look with light-coloured quartz countertop.

“The clients wanted durable and maintenance-free countertops, so I selected Cambria Torquay quartz that has a predominately white colour with a small grey vein pattern that isn’t overly busy,” Brunet said. “It complements the dark island nicely, and on the white cabinetry keeps the kitchen feeling bright and open.”

The elegant, brushed nickel cabinet handles and knobs from Richelieu Hardware, and stainless steel sink faucet with Touch2O technology from Delta Addison make beautiful finishing touches.

The couple chose natural products for their tiles – a beautiful Blue Mountain slate for the fl oor, and Milky Way White marble tiles for the backsplash – all from Olympia Tile & Stone. These show beautifully under the new lighting suite of Lotus LED mini-recessed ceiling pot lights, under- cabinet lighting, and an attractive  trio of pendant lights over the island.

“The clients were extremely pleased with the result,” Brunet said. “Their goal was to have their new kitchen completed in time to host their family for Christmas dinner for the fi rst time in years now that they were back in Ottawa, and they got their wish. Their guests couldn’t believe the transformation.”