Renovated Crescentwood home allows family to get close during mealtimes
EATING meals at a long countertop that faces a wall is not conducive to sparkling conversations or creating a close-knit family. That’s one reason Jenny and Trevor MacVicar decided to renovate the kitchen in their century-old home on Kingsway in the Crescentwood neighbourhood. “When we bought the house in 2003, we were just beginning a family. We now have four kids aged 10, seven, three and nine months,” said Jenny MacVicar, an accountant currently on maternity leave. The couple’s new kitchen has room for a table and six chairs, a space where the burgeoning family can face each other directly during meals and conduct group homework sessions. “The school-aged kids were so enamoured of the family table that they decided to do their homework at it together. It became a family event, with the three-year-old adding some suggestions of his own,” said MacVicar. Another reason for the renovation was to update a kitchen that had changed very little since 1904, when Crescentwood was developed by real estate agent Charles H. Enderton. The kitchen still had a door that opened onto a stairway once used by a butler when he was summoned by a buzzer to attend to the wishes of a family member on the second or third floor. The stairway and a large steam radiator were removed during the renovation. This created extra space that was turned into a storage closet with double oak doors framed with traditional oak casing. To further enlarge the area, load-bearing walls were knocked down and replaced with hidden beams, increasing access to the kitchen from the living room and making room for wall-to-ceiling cabinets and an L-shaped countertop. The countertop is made of granite with an undermount sink and a backsplash of long, rectangular crema marble tiles. LED strip lighting is recessed under some of the cabinets. Worn linoleum was stripped from the floor and replaced with heated tiles that are easy on the feet and compensate for the heat that was lost when the steam radiator was taken out. The ceiling was lowered to add pot lights and replace old-fashioned knob and tube wiring with up-to-date cable and electrical boxes.
Chandelier from Robinson Lighting was chosen for
its traditional design.
Pocket door with traditional lead-glass design separates kitchen from stairway to second