Our clients for this major upgrade are a young and growing family who wished to take better advantage of their existing space. With an original structure from the early 1970’s, the existing space consisted of a number of smaller disjointed spaces. By removing walls and reorganizing windows, we expanded the usable space, revising existing rooms that were no longer desired and provided an expanded and modernized program. This project is the transition of a 40 year old house into modernity; with a small and cramped kitchen, our clients quickly outgrew its tight quarters. Unable to tend to the daily demands of both function and utility, it needed to be expanded. The adjacent dining room was separated in full, providing a formal dining space= with a strong separation from the kitchen. The formal dining room was removed and revised, allowing the kitchen to expand into its new space, integrating the dining function into the kitchen island. As the new kitchen centers daily activities on the island, the kitchen became the hub of daily activities for the entire home.
- Date : 2014
- Size : 1000 - 2000 sqft
- Status : Completed
- Location : Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The New Hearth
With a large centered integrated island, the kitchen becomes both utility space as well as dining. Conceived of as a contemporary interpretation of a farm house kitchen table, the island is given a deep contrasting color; reinforcing its importance against the lighter and refined back-nech.
By Reorganizing the existing spaces, we were able to introduce new larger windows to both the east and west, flood the new kitchen in natural light in the morning and evening (when the kitchen is most likely to be used).
The revised master suite stretches outward from the house to take advantage of views over the adjacent park to the city centre.
Designed to incorporate a deep timber Japanese soaking tub - the central bathing 'pavillion' is separated from the enlarged master suite by a delicate timber screen.
Simple details and refined, light materials compliment the central bathing pavillion.