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The Heart of the Home | Kitchen Cabinet

Sudbury Living Magazine September 1, 2008 Home & Garden No Comments on The Heart of the Home | Kitchen Cabinet

The owner of a new home in Minnow Lake “suffered” for two decades with a kitchen so small she had to keep pots and pans in the hall closet. So when she and her husband started to plan their dream home for their family of five, they selected a design with a spacious and functional kitchen.

The front foyer leads to the heart of the house, an open-concept kitchen and dining room that on occasion does double duty as a family or party room. Doors off the kitchen open to the pool area and patio where the family enjoys barbecuing meals whenever they can.

The living room is located at the back of the home and overlooks the patio.  A wide staircase at the front entrance leads up to the second floor bedrooms or down to the lower level family living space.

But the kitchen is the nerve centre of this home custom built by Zulich. Like luxurious but functional pieces of furniture, cherrywood cabinetry sets the tone for the kitchen’s decor and provides ample storage. It complements stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and porcelain flooring.

Ceramic or porcelain tile costs more, but it is a practical choice for kitchens because it will last for the lifetime of the home and will continue looking beautiful with very little care.

The textured natural stone backsplash adds character while  protecting walls from damage caused by water or grease spatters over the sink and stove.

A large island accommodates five bar stools for casual family meals. Guests often gather around the island, which has lots of storage space, as well as a wine rack, while their hosts prepare snacks.

Cabinetry was designed by Canadiana Cabinets and custom-made in Markstay.

The cabinets facing the dining room have glass windows and are used to display the owners’ pretty things. The formal dining area’s hardwood floor defines the room.

The owners selected lighting fixtures with frosted glass and brushed nickel that fit in perfectly in this contemporary classic kitchen/dining room.

Many Sudbury homeowners, especially those who are living in homes that are 15 to 20 years old, are happy with their homes and gardens, but weary of their overworked and dated looking kitchens.

A typical kitchen renovation is estimated to cost about $20,000 (including appliances). Custom cabinetry can cost between $8,000 and $12,000 or more depending on the size of the room.

Everything and anything is possible these days. Custom-made cabinets, cupboards and islands can be built to fill any space and to accommodate any number of, and any size appliances. Wood can be stained any colour.

While traditional cherrywood and maple cabinets remain popular choices, white-washed cupboards (buttermilk finish on a natural cherrywood) are becoming a favourite with people who want a classic country look.

Consumers are asking about ways to enhance wood’s natural color and texture without heavy stains. New products are easy-to-care for and ecofriendly with formaldehyde-free materials and finishes.

“New age” pressure laminate offers low-cost options as well as a wide choice of colours and patterns for countertops. Granite remains a popular choice for its beauty and durability, but consumers are also showing interest in other natural materials. Wood and butcher-block counter tops are making a comeback. Some cooks want a “professional looking” kitchen and are selecting stainless steel countertops.

Updating a home’s kitchen not only enhances the owners enjoyment but boosts its resale value. But once the renovation is completed, who would want to move?

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