DESIGN | PROCESS | RESOURCES
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We started a Pinterest board, and the client started gathering her inspiration images and what she wanted the overall vibe to look like:
As a student, with no experience, I was suddenly looking at floor plans, sourcing materials down to the door pulls, and custom cabinet details, so I could figure out how to work with the home they had, but bring all of her favourite elements in. She wanted wooden cabinets, a huge marble island and matte black detailing. "Okay. Easy enough." I thought to myself.
Man was I in for a surprise!
We took a trip to the home, half demolished, half still intact so I could take some "before" photos, and we got to work on the new and improved layout!
It took us iterations on top of iterations--more and more iterations, until we were finally happy with the open plan layout. Then, it took us probably another 20 iterations atleast, until we were happy with all of the details in just the floor plan.
Then we moved onto sourcing the main materials. We sourced some walnut samples with our marble and matte black cabinet.
Then we sourced some more.
We sourced a few more wood types... and finally were happy with the colour combination and the grain detailing in the oak we ultimately decided on:
We sourced our oak material from Cuisines Laurier. We went with their Red Oak for the main cabinets, but found a simple matte black from another supplier for the accent cabinets and island cabinets and then a nice modern calcutta luccia look for the countertops.
The client decided she wanted all concrete floors on the main level, but the structure of the house couldn't hold the weight of real concrete: cue tiles!
Finally, after months of looking, we found 3 perfect concrete samples from olympia tile.
After looking at their overlay series, we decided on "dolphin" in the largest size their manufacturers offered.
Okay, we have our base theme. One checkbox done!
The next step was to source and purchase all the hardware. We wanted a minimal, matte black, concrete and oak aesthetic, so we chose to go with all matte black hardware where we could. In the kitchen especially, the first thing was to make an appointment with a local Ferguson representative. He walked us through the do's and don'ts in using matte black fixtures. To keep the whole house the same aesthetic, we went matte black everywhere we could.
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