A Kitchen Makeover: Timeless in Taupe
How Much Cabinet Space Do You Really Need?
Remodeling your kitchen opens the door to so many exciting prospects! Now is your chance to put your inner neat-freak to work, organizing your kitchen perfectly so that everything has a place and you can maximize your time cooking delicious meals without running back and forth from one place to the next.
Designer, Dean Large originally met his clients as they came in to the Astro showroom looking to change and update their bathroom. They were ready for a fresh start and to take on the challenge of remodeling. as oppose to moving out of their secluded home in the woods. Once the bathroom was complete, it was time to tackle the kitchen. This kitchen was not necessarily old or worn out, rather a lot more traditional than what the client's taste preference was. Dean's task was to convert this traditional kitchen into a contemporary space that flowed with the rest of the home, yet keeping elements of warmth from the outdoors.
When you’re considering a remodeling project for the kitchen, shopping for furniture, fixtures, and color is always fun—after all, it’s the icing on the cake. But determining which materials to use, what to keep and what to replace, and how much your budget will allow are important decisions that you need to make before you get to the decor details.
Kitchen & Bath Designer, Julia Enriquez of Astro, recently completed a remodel for a couple planning to add an extension to their home for their new kitchen. The couple live in a beautiful historic home in Rockcliffe Park, and were looking for a space they could relax, entertain and enjoy each other’s company. The couple sought out Julia and got into planning their kitchen remodel.
Roughly this time last year I sat down with a new client. She came in flustered having just bought a new home, she had a two year old son in her right hand a 3 month old daughter in her left hand; needless to say starting a renovation was rather daunting. The client had a conceptual idea for the home and a husband who was onboard for anything. Before I saw a single photo of their newly purchased home I was told “we want the home to have a calm Scandinavian country feel… but still modern”. Then the moment of surprise came, I was presented photos of house untouched since its 1930’s construction and a set of architectural plans for a renovation that looked like every mass builder would produce. First thing I asked the client was “If I can have your trust, would you let me throw out any preliminary work and let me start new?” The client said yes and everything else is history.
Astro Designer, Dean Large shares his design process with this Before & After Rejuvenation of a Heritage Home in the Glebe.
Ottawa seems as though it is the city of beautiful old homes that nobody wants to care for. The city is going through a period where home owners are opting for the wrecking ball instead of spending the extra time restoring these once stunning homes. This past summer I met a fantastic family who was tired of their suburban home and opted to move into the oh-so coveted Glebe. They sought out a home in need of rejuvenation and took it upon themselves to bring it back to its former glory.
Kitchen & Bath Designer, Julia Enriquez met her clients as they came in to the Astro showroom looking to change and update their kitchen. They were ready for a fresh start and to take on the challenge of remodeling. As an award-winning Kitchen & Bath specialist, with countless years of experience under her belt, Julia was the perfect fit for the project.
Tired & Outdated to Masculine & Elegant
Nathan Kyle of Astro Design Centre has recently completed a top-to-bottom kitchen remodel, where he transformed the space from tired and outdated, to masculine and elegant. See the before and after transformation and all the details that went in to making this traditional space so beautiful.
As shown by this Ottawa, Canada, kitchen, downsizing does not have to mean compromise. Completed by Nathan Kyle of locally based Astro Design Center, the design of this new-build home circled around the planning of a dream kitchen and its proximity to the historic Rideau River.