Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - HOME | BEFORE & AFTER - writ­ten by jane whit­ing


ren­o­va­tions are siz­zling hot. Home­own­ers are splurg­ing on the lat­est de­signs which com­bine high ef­fi­ciency with high style. Open-con­cept lay­outs, fab­u­lous fin­ishes, smart ap­pli­ances, and the abil­ity to cus­tom­ize the space to suit in­di­vid­ual needs, all en­sure that no-one com­plains about be­ing stuck in the kitchen any­more!

Ottawa At Home takes a look at two im­pres­sive, large-scale kitchen ren­o­va­tions that are de­signed to please gourmet tastes while ooz­ing with fam­ily per­son­al­ity. Make no mis­take, this very mod­ern and award-winning kitchen reno is not just for show. With two young kids and a teenager in the Yelle house­hold, Syl­vain and Wendy quickly point out that it caters to a real fam­ily. Just don’t ex­pect to see any cute fridge mag­nets or kiddy clut­ter in their sleek new kitchen.

Af­ter liv­ing in their Na­van home for nearly a decade, the cou­ple con­sid­ered mov­ing, but loved the neigh­bour­hood. Any other homes they con­sid­ered buy­ing in the area also needed work, so they de­cided on a ma­jor over­haul of their liv­ing space. Un­der the di­rec­tion of Friede­mann Wein­hardt of De­sign First In­te­ri­ors, a new floor plan was drawn up for the late ‘80s style kitchen, and walls came down for a com­plete ren­o­va­tion that opened up the kitchen to the re­mod­eled fam­ily room and din­ing area.

The open-con­cept floor plan has the ef­fect of mak­ing the kitchen look much more spa­cious without build­ing an ad­di­tion or claim­ing space from ad­join­ing rooms. It also al­lows un­ob­structed views to the fam­ily room and on­go­ing con­ver­sa­tions with guests in the din­ing room.

Yet, less wall space trans­lates into fewer cab­i­nets and the min­i­mal­ist de­sign did not sup­port over­head cab­i­netry. The an­swer

was in­no­va­tive stor­age so­lu­tions, clever or­ga­ni­za­tion and a dou­ble pull-out pantry.

Ex­otic cab­i­netry in cin­na­mon-coloured Ja­toba hard­wood, is con­trasted with grey-toned quartz coun­ter­tops and lime­stone floor­ing. The dou­ble-sink is­land fea­tures a high Ja­toba wood counter for ca­sual seat­ing, which faces an ex­pan­sive glass-tiled wall that sur­rounds a large Wolf gas range and a match­ing hood fan.

The high-tech glam con­tin­ues on the ad­join­ing wall with a built-in Miele mi­crowave/con­vec­tion speed oven that cooks ev­ery­thing from roast meat to muffins, and is part­nered with a Miele Cof­fee Sys­tem to serve up a va­ri­ety of favourite brews. The strips of cool, ocean-coloured glass tiles wrap around the full wall for a dra­matic ef­fect that the Yelle’s ad­mit was an in­dul­gent ex­trav­a­gance.

Op­po­site, a fam­ily-of-five-sized Sub-Zero fridge/freezer in stain­less steel stands next to the pull-out pantry. An­other re­minder of youngsters in the home is a more tra­di­tional kitchen ta­ble, which is cus­tom­ized to match the cab­i­netry. It is sided by new ban­quette seat­ing with built-in stor­age space be­neath the win­dow, and cou­pled with a free-stand­ing china cab­i­net in the same dark hard­wood.

A low bar counter de­fines the kitchen from the din­ing area and en­ables non-stop so­cial­iza­tion be­tween the two rooms which is im­por­tant to a cou­ple who love to en­ter­tain. Mul­ti­ple lighting op­tions with dim­mers, in­vite a va­ri­ety of moods in the kitchen, which is also fully wired for en­ter­tain­ment with a cen­tral con­trol box that op­er­ates the TV, DVD and stereo sys­tem. With so many glitzy bells and whis­tle, it’s no won­der that all the action is in the kitchen!


It took Diane McClin­tock 13 years of liv­ing in a tired, in­ef­fi­cient kitchen

be­fore she con­verted to a mod­ern model of haute cui­sine. For a woman who adores cook­ing for her fam­ily and friends, fi­nally hav­ing the per­fect kitchen in a 1970s home in Wes­boro, was worth the long wait.

On the plus side, it also en­sured that Diane knew ex­actly what she wanted. And with the ex­per­tise of Jackie Cham­bers, a kitchen de­signer with Ottawa Val­ley Kitchens, she cre­ated a dy­namic space where hus­band Dave, 17 year-old Charles and Ju­lia 15, are happy to share the fam­ily cook­ing and bak­ing time.

The recipe to cook­ing heaven started by in­te­grat­ing the kitchen and fam­ily room into one big space to make more room and bring in nat­u­ral light. Eck­land Con­tract­ing took care of the struc­tural changes, mov­ing the din­ing room en­trance to pro­vide ex­tra wall space and make the area more func­tional. They not only in­creased the kitchen size, but warmed it up by in­stalling new heat­ing ducts and in­creas­ing the in­su­la­tion, in ad­di­tion to re-wiring for a va­ri­ety of lighting ar­range­ments and ceil­ing speak­ers.

Creamy “snowflake” cab­i­netry is com­ple­mented by the rich ma­hogany tones on a long 13-foot is­land. Coun­ter­tops in chocolate gran­ite add to the warmth of the dark hard­wood floor­ing and cof­fee- coloured walls. A so­phis­ti­cated coun­try-touch is in­tro­duced with an in­no­va­tive oven hood which was custom-built in lime­stone to match the back­splash. It gives a more tra­di­tional feel to the steely shine of a six-burner, gas cook-top by Mono­gram.

A KitchenAid dou­ble wall-oven and stain­less steel fridge/freezer, plus a pantry that takes up a com­plete wall, com­bine to en­sure that the McClin­tock fam­ily never goes hun­gry. Nor will the con­stant flow of teenagers who ar­rive with the kids ev­ery day for lunch and af­ter-school snacks!

But the other new fea­tures that re­ally get Diane ex­cited are the prac­ti­cal ones that make for an eas­ier time in the kitchen. Cab­i­net or­ga­niz­ers, sep­a­rate pull-out con­tain­ers to re­cy­cle garbage, a cup­board to keep her cen­tral vac handy and one es­pe­cially for an en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre – all guar­an­tee a place for ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­thing in its place.

An­other favourite spot in the stylish kitchen is a cozy win­dow-seat that was built into the bay area along with cus­tom­ized cab­i­netry and ac­cent lighting. While Diane is def­i­nitely the boss in the kitchen, now she can re­lax here and watch as the rest of her fam­ily of ca­pa­ble cooks are in­spired by the room’s de­li­cious de­sign. Maybe they’ll even clean up too!

photo by marc fowler/metropo­lis stu­dio

Ex­otic Ja­toba cab­i­netry and sleek sur­faces com­bine to make the kitchen siz­zle.

photography by mark holleron

NA­VAN KITCHEN AF­TER The new kitchen flows into the ren­o­vated fam­ily room with the same cool and mod­ern de­sign.

WEST­BORO BE­FORE above: The glam­orous new kitchen is big­ger, brighter, warmer and

wired for sound

A chocolate gran­ite coun­ter­top on the long ma­hogany is­land adds to the warmth of the dark

hard­wood floor­ing and cof­fee-coloured walls.


The McClin­tock fam­ily en­joy­ing cook­ies in their new kitchen.

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