Natural, organic materials for renovated kitchen in beach house

Holiday home kitchen by Downsview Kitchens has comfortable, casual look
Story by: Colleen Hawkes
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Natural, organic materials feature throughout this new kitchen, part of a large family living area in a renovated holiday home. The wall behind the kitchen is embedded with natural stone.

There are multiple ways to fine-tune a preferred design for a new kitchen, but capturing images of other projects you love is good place to start.

This was the approach taken by the owners of this extensively renovated house, Bayne and Scott Belair. The couple presented designer Sean Daigle of Downsview Kitchens with a raft of images, and it was clear the new kitchen in the family's holiday home would feature natural, raw materials that would provide a connection to the beach, one block from the house.

"We wanted it to be very organic and natural, but with a modern twist," says Bayne Belair. "We wanted to create a spa-like feel, with a design that would be in keeping with the existing architecture."

Walls were removed to replace a "hodge-podge of small rooms" with one large family living area that opens to the outdoors.


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With its natural, raw materials and shades of driftwood, this kitchen reflects its role as the social heart of a holiday home beside the beach

To provide an appropriate backdrop, the existing wood ceiling, with its long, narrow skylights, was sandblasted and stained in a driftwood colour that matches the wire-brushed oak floor.

The kitchen was placed along one wall, with a large island forming the centre of operations. The wall behind the island features embedded stone the colours of the stone are echoed by the antiqued patina on the custom rangehood, and by matching shelving units with wood slats.

The cabinetry is also defined by a strong sense of symmetry, but that is where the formality ends. Furniture-style cabinets at either end of the island, and two large armoire cabinets feature textural wire-brushed oak that evokes a windswept beach.

"It's a very comfortable, casual look well suited to a house by the beach," says Daigle. "For a little fun, there are black slate inserts on the drawer fronts and benchtops on the end units, which the family can write on.

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Stepped Carrara marble benchtops help to reduce the visual mass of the island, which is large enough to accommodate six people sitting at bar stools. Woven pendant lights introduce another natural, textural element to the kitchen.

"The perimeter cabinets feature a custom painted finish with stainless steel strapping around the doors and drawers, while the island has recessed panel doors."

To further enhance the idea of different furniture elements, the end units have grey limestone tops, with a custom ogee edge, rather than the chunky profile of the Carrara marble island top. Handles are also in two different styles.

Feb 04, 2015

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Sean Daigle, Downsview Kitchens (Juno Beach, FL)
Builder
Keating-Moore Construction
Cabinetry
Amalfi doors, custom painted in a driftwood tone; custom finish on wire-brushed oak on lower island ends and armoires
Benchtops
Carrara marble by Accurate Tile & Marble
Flooring
Wire-brushed European oak by California Designs
Metal shelving
Ross Enterprises
Sink
Rohl from Miller’s Fine Decorative Hardware
Stools
Faustina Pace Antiques
Ventilation
Ross Enterprises
Architect
Mitch Miller, Village Architects
Cabinet company
Downsview Kitchens
Hardware
Hamilton Sinkler from Miller’s Fine Decorative Hardware
Splashback
Accurate Tile & Marble
Pendant lighting
Palecek
Artwork
Natasha Law
Taps
Dornbracht from Miller’s Fine Decorative Hardware
Range and dishwasher
Thermador
Refrigeration
Sub-Zero
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