|Old house hallway recruited for seamless new space
A light, airy green ceiling and warm yellow walls helped to bring in sunshine and pull in the colour of the grape vines just outside the kitchen windows.
By Frank OBrien
As the president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, BC Chapter, Shelley Scales is accustomed to matching a clients request with talented renovation concepts.
Scales, a partner and designer with Accurate Designers and Builders of Vancouver, was therefore intrigued to take on the challenge of carefully expanding the kitchen in a nearly 100-year-old house in the Dunbar area.
The owner wanted to make her kitchen bigger by using the service hall better, Scales explains. The hall connected the front door entry with the kitchen; each space had 12-foot ceilings, which allowed for vertical movement.
Scales solution was to tear out an old closet and take up some unused space at the beginning of the hall, and then install a full-height pantry, and panelled 36-inch Sub Zero fridge.
It was all designed to look like a wall of cupboards. Coming off the hall is now a new work peninsula and work desk.
Notes Scales, It is always important to integrate the reclaimed space with the existing space. In this renovation, this was achieved by using the same shaker cabinets and touches of the straight grained oak that matched the craftsman-style oak bookcases in the adjacent family room.
The new full-height pantry and hidden Sub-Zero fridge accommodate twice as much storage, and there is a new prep space for a busy family with three teenagers.