Georgie Award Finalist: Best Kitchen Under $100,000
It has been some time since we have had an entry in the luxury kitchen category so it is exciting to get this beautiful kitchen through to the finals. As you can see this is a more traditional design with the antique cabinet finish and coffered ceilings. This Whistler home meets our high standards for indoor air quality and energy efficiency; even with over 60% glazing on the west elevation the home comes in with an EnerGuide rating of 80 and a tested air change of 1.1 Air Changes per Hour (ACH).
Functional design elements
The kitchen acts as a transition point between the spacious entrance and the open concept family room, dining, living and outdoor space; the large windows and doors connect to the outdoors creating a lofty forest feel. The L-shaped design and large island creates an easy work triangle and connects visually to the entire floor and the beautiful outdoor living area.
The corner of the L hides a walk in pantry concealed by a pocket door designed to look like the cabinets. The large island alternates as an informal eating and conversation area, and prep surface; it is complemented with bar stools chosen with lower backs to maintain sight lines to the living areas and back to the kitchen windows. The design includes lots of storage with roll out shelving and big pot drawers.
Unique Design Elements
The coffered ceiling was designed and constructed to disguise plumbing, wiring and ventilation runs and sets the tone for the traditional look and feel of the space. The lowered appearance of the coffered ceiling creates a cozy feel without having to drop the entire ceiling keeping an overall feel of height and spaciousness. The backslash windows between the counter and upper cabinets allow a glimpse of green space and abundant natural light.
The custom range hood provided great ventilation and allowed for convenient concealed storage above; a microwave is neatly hidden under the counter of the island allowing easy access for all family members large and small.
The niche provided by the stair design complements the overall look and feel of the kitchen by offering up a protected area for a signature art piece.
Choice of Materials
The chalked maple doors complemented by white Tarantino granite on the island and black Hymex counter tops set the tone for the look and feel of the space. The GE Monogram dishwasher and refrigerator are clad with integrated cabinet faces to blend in with the overall design and the undermount Blanco sink with gooseneck faucet provide a sleek look for this functional work area.
Gourmet cooking is made easy with a full surface induction cooktop an AEG steam convection oven, and wall oven. Lighting is strategic to brighten key work areas and was located using a ratio of room height to the location of specific art pieces; light switches were installed at wheelchair height to satisfy future aging in place and to enable easy placement of art on the walls.
Crown moldings for the ceilings and wide plank Hickory floor finish off the overall traditional feel
Environmental Considerations Including Energy Efficiency
As you would expect from and RDC home the kitchen is found in a high-performance home with the following attributes:
- 1.1 Air Changes with an EnerGuide rating of 80
- LED lighting
- Low VOC materials used throughout
- Construction waste recycled where possible
- Insulspan SIP panel walls with Logix ICF Foundation
- Mitsubishi cold climate heat pump
- Triple pane Energy Star Euroline Windows
- Energy Star appliances
If you are interested in a beautiful high-performance home delivered in a reliable and positive way please give us a call or make an inquiry online. We love to talk about what we do!
Posted: Friday, November 27, 2015