A Stonebridge home has had a dramatic kitchen makeover thanks to designer Karen Chadwick. She worked with the homeowners and kitchen contractor to create a winning design with lots of bells and whistles in an elegant space that complements the lifestyle of a busy family of four.
The Curry family won the completely furnished and decorated home 14 years ago in the Ottawa Hospital lottery. Kelly Curry says she loved it all, even though she had never chosen any of it. But when it came to updating the home and making changes, Kelly who claims she is not the most self-assured decorator, turned to Karen for help. “I’m not very confident when it comes to making decorating decisions, so I called Karen. She drew up some plans and mood boards, which got me started.”
The entire renovation came together with all parties involved in the process, after Kelly interviewed several kitchen contractors. Corey Roth from Corell Custom Cabinetry was “by far the winner,” offers Kelly. “He was very confident about what would work and what wouldn’t work in our space. He also had some great ideas that complemented Karen’s plans.”
Wanting to keep costs down, the Currys stayed with the basic layout and maintained the existing plumbing and electrical locations. But Corey thought the existing space wasn’t being used to its maximum potential. “I felt the original island was a bit small for the space, so we added some dimension to the new one,” he says.
While Karen came up with the overall design elements to create an elegant kitchen within a comfortable space, Kelly did most of the legwork to source appliances and some of the decorative aspects, such as the island stools and lighting. Karen’s clever design choices, combined with Corey’s expertise, resulted in more creative storage spaces. Kelly loves the deep drawers and the extra storage the bonus space offers, along with not one, but two appliance garages. Narrow spice pullouts next to the stove utilize the space to its full potential, which is a spatial theme throughout.
LIVING THE LIFE
The kitchen sits in a prominent location at the heart of the home, and contains a large eating area that extends to the family room, with the entire space overlooking a stunning backyard with a pool area. As the family likes to entertain, a slick built-in bar area that includes a beverage fridge, oversized island and creative storage options are new elements that fit in with their lifestyle. It’s now a winning design that incorporates the updated choices that today’s homeowners are making.