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BEHIND THE SCENES | From 1980 to 2023

Our Chamberlayne Avenue clients first talked to us about renovating their kitchen during the pandemic. They hesitated at the time because everyone was working from home, including their two adult children. The idea of Zoom calls and the sounds of construction were not appealing to say the least.


Fast forward to early 2023, their oldest son was planning his move and they were ready to start talking about their renovation. As with all our projects, we started with a Discovery Call where we discussed their need for a brand new kitchen, a dining room built-in, some new flooring and an update to their living room fireplace. Their budget was inline with what they wanted to achieve and I was excited to see the space.


STEP TWO - The In-Home Consultation


After the Discovery Call, I supplied our client with a link to book their In-Home Consultation. This includes completing a questionnaire, reviewing our Welcome Guide and booking your appointment through our online calendar. This is a continuation of the "getting to know each other" phase of the project.


As I said, I was excited to see the space. The house was a cool 1980's split level, providing a floorplan the homeowners loved while the kids were young. But that was then, this is now and they needed an update!


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As we toured the home, she walked me through her thinking - pain points and ideas she had to solve them. This is always a great conversation and where the creativity starts. I have a background in product management and design, with a heavy dose of team leadership. I'm a problem solver and I love a good challenge.


After finishing the tour, I made a suggestion. Explaining that the fireplace could quickly eat up $20k in their budget, I proposed the idea of changing all the floors to one finish and skimming all the popcorn ceiling on the "main" floor - remember it's a split level. With a fresh coat of paint and updated mouldings, this would really pull the space together and make the kitchen look like it belonged. They agreed!


With a clear vision of what they liked and wanted, I got to work on designing the new kitchen layout, custom cabinets and selecting finishes. This is the fun part! I love interpreting a clients design goals and showing them the results through 3D images and physical samples. We like to present one version of the design that gives the client everything they asked for and a second that maintains those requests but adds some creative flair that they might not have considered - they often go with the flair.


For The Chamberlayne Residence we moved a very awkwardly placed window to above the sink and repurposed that space into loads more storage, including a floor to ceiling pantry cabinet. We converted all the base cabinets to drawers where it allowed and added an appliance garage.

The biggest ask in the tight footprint was for an island. They were using a bar height table with four large stools and it was taking up a lot of space. She explained that the kitchen truly was the heart of their home. She loved to cook for her family and they loved to gather around the table and just hang out. I had to include the island - it was everything.

We did it! It was a bit of a puzzle but we were able to give this family of four a place to gather in their favourite room in the house. Now when our client cooks up a delicious meal, she's doing it using her brand new appliances in her custom kitchen with her family close by...and not in the way!


We are so thrilled for this family and their beautiful new space.


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