Urban Kitchen with a Blue Note: Before & After Transformation

Located downtown Toronto, this century-old house is home to the Brathwaites – a young family who needed a kitchen to fit their busy lifestyle. With a large, regularly visiting family from Japan, and being a full-time professional saxophone artist, entertaining comes naturally to homeowner Neil. It was important the kitchen area be functional while accommodating the needs of hosting dinner parties. With much work needed to revamp the outdated home, the homeowners brought on board architect Kevin Downey and AyA’s designer Kirth Manku. To make the once small kitchen area more functional, partition walls were removed and windows expanded.

The beautiful, bold grain of the walnut pairs perfectly with the home’s original exposed brick wall creating an ecletic mix of textures.

Being challenged with limited storage areas throughout the house, the space combines storage for the kitchen, closets, and adjacent powder room. With funky modern in mind, Manhattan Country cabinetry perfectly fit the bill. The walnut cabinetry is accented with aluminum framed Zenith White Lacobel upper cabinets keeping the space light & fresh. The use of brushed nickel handles and aluminum toe kick tie add to the modern aesthetic. Incorporating a pull-out pantry, magic-corner base cabinet, and deep pots and pans drawers ensures that storage is abundant and easily accessible. With the functional requirements achieved, it was time to focus on entertaining family and guests. Extending from the custom-fit closet is a small bar area. Doubling as storage for the powder room, the additional cabinetry beside the fridge creates ideal bar seating for entertaining.


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