The Kitchens

Angela and Todd Etherington
1262 Kathleen Drive

This home was built in 1991 and purchased by Angela and Todd in 2005.  Wanting a more functional kitchen to meet her family’s needs, Angela engaged Maeghi Lucier of Designs by Maejic to design a more user-friendly space.  *See before and during photos on display in the kitchen.  Angela wanted a place for her kids to participate in kitchen activities, a casual eating space and a better preparation area with more convenient food storage.  All of these wants were addressed, the new kitchen was ordered and the renovation began.

New windows were ordered, note the grid bar at the top of these windows to compliment the living room windows.  Todd ripped out the cabinets( thoughtfully keeping the sink until the night before the elivery of the new sink), removed and replaced the plumbing, changed the electrical to suit the new design and dry-walled where the return wall was removed,  The cabinets were then installed by the Design by Maejic team (from concept to completion).  The Etheringtons, doing what work they could on their own, saved money and the project came within their planned budget.

The kitchen is faced with maple shaker doors/drawer with a ‘charcoal’ finish contrasting with the existing natural fir flooring and the granite counter tops supplied by Infinite Granite.  The peninsula is a painted maple which Angela refers to as ‘apple green’ with a solid maple butcher bloc countertop.

Added touches are charcoal crown mould, interior rollout shelves in pantry, recycle unit in base cabinet, full extension slides on all deep drawers, furniture kick around peninsula and beadboard on back side with the added touch of a side access base cabinet (facing range).  A new stainless steel fridge, a slide in range, and an OTR Micro/Hood fan complete the Etherington’s awesome space.  They are thrilled.

Ron and Mary-Kae Smith
5918 Jaynes Road

Ron and Mary-Kae purchased their beautiful seventy-eight year old home in 1979.  In 1984 they did their first kitchen renovation which was designed by Ron.  This renovation entailed enclosing a porch and completely redesigning the space while, at the same time, trying to keep the ‘feel’ of the old house.  In 2007 they felt it was time for a new updated look.  Their daughter, an architect, helped in product selection as did a Benjamin Moore paint consultant.

The only new appliance purchased for this recent renovation was an over the stove microwave.  The kitchen features two eco-friendly workhorses: a garburator and a trash compactor.The cabinets are white shaker style with old pewter handles, soft-close door and attractive crown moulding finish.  The cabinets are by KB and feature a lazy susan, pantry with pullout shelves, pullouts under the sink, corner design undermounnted sink and a work station/desk area.  The caesarstone quartz counter tops are by Colonial of Victoria.  The backsplash is ceramic tile, the flooring is solid maple and the window coverings are wide-slat wooden blinds.This is an excellent example of a basic renovation at a relatively lower cost while maintaining the original layout.

Leigh and Cam Blacklock
6380 Wicks Road

Recently returned from Port Hardy Leigh and Cam have been busy getting settled in.  For the design and renovation of their kitchen they have been working with Liz Van Essen of Cabpro cabinets.  The house is set in a lovely bright area and the kitchen overlooks a large deck, tall trees and Mt Prevost in the background.

The kitchen cabinets are shaker style natural maple with ‘soft-close’ doors topped with crown moulding.  The bottom cabinets are all drawers, one of which is extra large for storing electrical appliances.  The knobs are brushed nickel and co-ordinate with the finish on the range.

The black top stove is ‘Kenmore Elite’ which has a top warming oven, the black ‘Kenmore Elite’ two door fridge has a bottom freezer and the microwave is mounted above the stove.  The counter tops are polished graniteVerdi ubatuba.  This particular granite will oxidize over time and the gold crystals in it will become more obvious.  The sink is undermounted with a pull out under it for easy access to cleaners and the scrub brush holder mounted inside.  The backsplash is tile and the walls are painted with Benjamin Moore.  A large island topped with matching granite and with door accessible from both sides divides the kitchen area from the dining/living space.  There is a vacuum system outlet within the island.  The tile floor is a subtle mix of brown/green tones to compliment the granite.  The area is lit by pots and over the counter lights.

Brenda and Paul Montebello
6723 Lakes Road

Brenda and Paul (partners in Modern Windows) purchased their home eight years ago.  The start of the renovations was the purchase of the dining room light fixture and it has progressed from there.  They had collected pictures and design ideas to renovate their previous kitchen but moved before doing so.  Brenda described this house as a ‘l970’s box’ that needed work, but that they could see had the potential for it to become what they were looking for.  And so, all the wishes have been incorporated into the present kitchen.  They worked with Montebello Woodworking (Paul’s brother) on the design and have done the work themselves.

The appliances are all Kenmore Elite in stainless steel.  A side-by-side fridge and freezer are actually two separate separate units that are joined together with a trim kit to give the appearance of being one unit.  The glass topped range is computerized.  The double ‘Blenco’ matte-finished stainless steel sink has a connected drainboard.

The maple-wood cabinets are Mills Pride (Home Depot) refinished by Montebello Woodworking.  The range hood, custom designed by Montebello Woodworking, is also maple.  The pantry cabinets have full-sized rollout shelves and the baking sheets are stored in very deep cabinets over the fridge-freezer. 

The ceramic tile floor and the natural stone backsplash were supplied by Castle Tile.  The 3’ x 5’ island is granite topped and the counter tops are laminate by Colonial Tops (Victoria).  The track lighting is by Home Depot.  The thermo-pane window, by Modern Windows, is retro-fitted with vinyl frames and bronzed to blur visibility from outside.

Amber Burwash  -  4380 Jims Crescent
Amber’s delight radiates as she shows you what has been done to modernize the kitchen in her “1973 B.C. Box Classic”, as she refers to her house.  In her case a limited budget was the governing factor.  With the creative help of designer, Maeghi Lucier of Designs by Maejic, the resulting renovation created a bright, cheerful, efficient working area.

In order to make the original 10’ x 10’ kitchen area a more welcoming space conducive to entertaining, a wall and the adjacent chimney were removed.  Amber had been given a handsome new fridge and the kitchen was designed around it.  She has added a new microwave and dishwasher, but always budget-minded, she has kept her original stove.

The cabinets are Espresso maple shaker style with crown moulding finishing and pewter knobs.   The doors and drawers are anti-slam and have full extension slides.  Soft mottled laminate on the ounters and island coordinates with the cabinets.  The ceiling lighting is pot lights with two decorative suspended lights over the island. This functional working space is a fine example of what can be one on a limited budget.

Suzanne and Dan Ross 
1016 Holmes Street

Suzanne and Dan Ross purchased their twenty year old home about a year and a half ago.  It is reached by walking down a paved access drive-way beside their neighbour’s home.  With the advice and help of Maeghi Lucier of Designs by Maejic they have put their personal touch on this kitchen.  It is a lovely blend of warm earth tones overlooking their garden.

The brown-stained maple cabinets are shaker style with stainless steel handles amd are topped with crown moulding.  Four of the cupboards have opaque glass (known as ‘mateliun’) doors.  There are two large pot drawers, pull out pantry shelves, and special spice storage shelves beside the stove.  There is a delightful set of corner shelves snuggled in beside the fridge to display cherished memorabilia.  The counter tops are brown-tone mix laminate and the unusual backsplash is bamboo glass tile.  The stainless steel two door fridge and bottom freezer, the glass topped range which has a warming drawer, the microwave and the dishwasher are ‘Kenmore Elite’.  Superbly co-ordinating with the counter tops and back splash the floor is 12” ceramic tile by End of Roll.  The walls are inished with a General Paint shade known as ‘paige’.  Note that this colour seems to change shades with the differing lights in the kitchen.  The two corner windows looking into the side and back garden have Venetian
blinds and the overhead lighting is ‘pots’.

Brent and Sherra Collett  -  1032 Holmes Street
Brent and Sherra actually had no intention of selling the house they were living inand renovating but, after viewing 1032 they fell in love with this eighty year old house and felt that it was home for them.  They are extremely happy with their decision.

The kitchen had been recently renovated prior to their purchase but they have made some changes to make it their own.  It is a very large size with room for table and chairs, small fire-place, seating area, lovely side-board with storage and lots of room for kitchen gatherings. The working area of the kitchen is in an extension built in the 1950’s.  Across the entrance to this space is a large island with torage for appliances, baking equipment and a pop-up shelf for the mixer.  The appliances include a Panasonic microwave, a G.E. electric wall oven, a G.E. Profile gas stove, and a Kenmore Elite two door fridge with bottom freezer.  The dishwasher has been set 18 inches above the floor for easy loading and unloading.The cabinet fronts are solid wood with an antique ivory finish.  The cabinets all have drawers except for the corner cupboard.  Two upper cabinets are open:one uses narrow dowelling for plate storage, the other shelves for casseroles and bowls.

The undermount corner sink is set in granite counter tops, the backsplash is tile and the walls are painted.  The flooring is heated ceramic tile.  The lighting is by ‘pots’ on the kitchen and by two uspended lights over the island.  This kitchen is reminiscent of the family kitchens of old.

David Coulson  -  5372 Miller Road

David Coulson’s design studio-showroom is a delightful 900 sq. ft. work-in-progress nestled in the trees.  The need to have a working design area prompted the building of this display home. 

The appliances consist of a Whirlpool stainless steel electric range, a compact fridge and microwave.  The undermounted sink is set in granite countertops.  The compost bucket is set into the counter by the sink and is flush with the countertop for easy cleaning.  The cabinets are solid birch plywood boxes with solid bamboo doors(fronts).  Both the doors and drawers are ‘soft close’.  The corner upboard, designed by Blum, has very unique shelving which pulls out straight rather than having a turntable. 

The floor is terrazzo polished concrete with a green colour additive.  All the floors are radiant heated by a domestic hot water tank.  The walls are a crushed marble product made by American Clay.  This product, which comes in several colours, is applied over the drywall.  One of its special features is that it absorbs odours.  The large windows are wood framed and built in place to maximize window size and sills.  David has kindly said that the whole space is available for viewing.

Lauren and Woody Reimer  -  4732 Fairbridge Drive
The Fairbridge Farm School of Duncan was opened in 1935 to offer schooling and farm experience to orphaned British children.  These acres are now a charming residential area.Lauren and Woody’s home was built in 1937 as housing for the residential children.  Much of the house structure is part of the original building material.  However, with Liz Van Essen of Cabpro cabinets design and guidance the kitchen has had a major renovation.  The area was previously a one-person workspace hemmed in by counters on both sides with only one entrance.  Now an island allows free movement around the kitchen.

The cabinets are cognac-stained maple with flat panel and double coving.  The cabinets are finished with large colonial-style moulding in keeping with the age of the home.  Also in compliment to the vintage of the house there is one glass cupboard door for china storage.  The knobs on the cupboards are burnished brass basket weave.

A large 5’ x 4’ island provides more working surface and incorporates two deep drawers for flour and sugar etc., electric outlets at both ends and cupboards and drawers on both sides  to store electrical appliances, baking items etc..  All drawers have enamet steel liners.  There is also a pantry and broom cupboard with roll out shelving.

The counter tops are polished granitejuparana fantastico.  The sink is undermounted and the backsplash is 4” x 4” terra cotta tiles.  The walls are goldy-green tone by Benjamin Moore paint.  A Roman blind in gold tones covers the window over the sink.  The flooring is fir, matching the rest of the flooring in the house.  Lighting is eyeball pot lights which can be adjusted, and there are suspended
lights over the island with soft yellow glass shades.