When properly implemented, an open concept home offers a smooth, seamless flow. Start To Finish Construction in Kelowna is witnessing this fantastic design concept making its way into the kitchen. Clients are opting to remove the traditional upper cabinetry altogether. Storage space is not necessarily lost when the design is carefully considered and implemented properly. Imagine how much more open and bright your food preparation and entertaining area could be without heavy cabinets and wasted space overhead!
Calling All Tall People
Let’s face it, how much are you optimizing your overhead kitchen storage anyways? Is there a special spot for medicine, vitamins and spices? Do you have a secret stash of hickory smoked almonds and specialty dark chocolate? For the few upper cabinets you do utilize, there may be some full of dilapidated boxes of tea, vases you haven’t touched in years and rogue Tupperware containers and lids endlessly searching for their match…Take your kitchen renovations Kelowna to the next level, with a practicality overhaul and new concept design from Start To Finish Construction.
Rethinking Your Kitchen Layout
Have you ever asked yourself what is the point of having your heaviest China and glassware stored overhead, out of reach and dangerously high? How many times have you had to coax Grandma down off that rickety kitchen chair as she was looking for her mortar and pestle, special occasion teapot or other treasured crystal? Why not consider a waist-high approach; with island drawer components that the entire family can safely access? Many of us are ingrained with having pasta sauce and canned goods stored among our traditional kitchen cabinetry; perhaps it is time to reconsider our physical preferences and practical aesthetics. A single pantry with appropriately organized shelves and bins could replace multiple feet of the current scattered, sectionalized chaos.
Island of Paradise
Embrace a large wondrous central island or peninsula to store all of your dishes, plates, cups and saucers. You may wish to designate certain drawers for food storage. Glass quart jars of pasta, nuts, baking supplies, popcorn and rice are ideal to have easily accessible on hand. Enjoy a broad space to play family game night, a place to bake cookies galore or spot to sit and study from. Add a dual kitchen sink for washing garden harvests and hands. Have a gathering space to craft together and snack together. Your kitchen island or peninsula can offer additional seating, storage and fully eliminate the need for your upper cabinets.
Open Shelving Options
Replacing 18 inches to two feet of upper cabinets with a streamlined single, thinner shelf is another idea. Installing some feature lighting to captivate specific displays is an artistic way to minimize upper storage while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing platform. Display favourite dishes, candles, greenery or usable pots and pans by strategically placing your favourite items shelf-side. Colour blocking is effective with this method to ensure an organized and interesting space.
Let 2018 Be the Dawn Of Your New Kitchen!
Your Kelowna renovation dreams can become your new reality! Contact Start To Finish Construction today and let’s get busy sketching out your wish list and hammering out your budget. There are many options for working with the space you currently have and customizing it to suit your needs. We love transforming our client’s wildest dreams into their new space! We are excited to hear about your Kelowna renovation ideas and look forward to working together.