The absolute top request that we get from our clients is a kitchen island. Sometimes though, a kitchen just isn’t wide enough for a traditional island to make sense. Keeping the flow of your kitchen optimal should be the top priority of your designer, and there are several different ways to get all of the functions that an island offers without adding bulk to a small kitchen. Here’s how our designer Nicole  Jenkins did it in this Burlington family home.

The Ask For The Kitchen Reno:

Our client really wanted an island of some kind, even if it couldn’t be within the confines of a traditional layout. The client also wanted a bright and airy feel for the kitchen, with clean and crisp design work that incorporated black and white elements. As you can see in the images above, this kitchen’s layout was not doing this space any favours.


Our Plan of Action For This Transitional Kitchen Update:

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For every single kitchen that we do, we provide a plan and mockup. As you can see from the images above, this gives our clients a total understanding of how we plan to execute their vision, and exactly what their finished renovation will look like. Having these kinds of plans helps all of our designers and contractors stay on the same page.  The current peninsula in the kitchen was removed to make way for a new galley-style layout, which would incorporate some of the functionality of a kitchen island while still leaving ample room to move around in this space. The appliances in this kitchen were relocated and the old eat-in area near the window was raised to create a continuous counter for the new sink area with a view.


Key Elements For Kitchen Functionality:

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The new layout (pictured above) features plenty of counter spaces for prep, cleanup, and seating. This kind of layout makes it easy to entertain in the kitchen (a huge selling point for kitchen Renos), and brings some serious brightness into this space.


Transitional Kitchen Cabinetry Design:

kitchen cabinetry in progress

Awkward corners and narrow pathways in this space were switched out for open spaces, drawers, and more functional pantry storage. White shaker-style cabinets were installed to keep the space bright and airy and stained wood accents texturized the overall look of the kitchen and contributed to the transitional vibe that this client was going for.


Updated Kitchen Organization:

organized spice rack

We always say that what’s inside your cabinets is just as important as the cabinetry aesthetic. Drawer accessories like spice trays, knife blocks, and utensil dividers help keep this kitchen organized.


The Final Product!

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After all of the work that went into this stunning reno, the result was even better than we had initially drawn it out! Our team of contractors and designers at the Wright Kitchen did it again. If you’re looking to totally transform your space, click here to contact us. Your new kitchen is waiting!