Over the past twenty years we’ve designed many kitchens and bathrooms throughout Calgary Alberta and surrounding areas. It’s likely a beautiful Merit Kitchen in your neighbourhood.
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The Lonsdale Kitchen Project
These homeowners love to entertain with their kitchen culinary skills as the main attraction. Designer, Susan Isbister, needed to incorporate their new love into the design of their new kitchen; their new love was their oversized, extra deep refrigerator that easily accommodated platter sized plates, of course. The renovation contractor created an extra deep recessed wall which allowed Susan to push the fridge as far back as possible. She made the Kitchen Island larger than what was originally planned so they could fit extra seating on two sides, and to include more storage space with a wine-rack. Susan is still waiting for her dinner invite.
- Cabinets: Lonsdale Flat
- Door Styles: Shaker
- Species: Maple
- Colour: Snow White paint on Wall Cabinets. Truffle stain on Kitchen Island
The Wood Meadows Kitchen
Designer Ron Mort helped these homeowners stick to their renovation budget while delivering what they really wanted; an open concept kitchen. Taking this renovation project from Wood Meadows Crowded Kitchen to Wood Meadows Wow Kitchen!
The main issue was the old “Peninsula” dividing the space between the kitchen and main family room. And the piece of wall at the end of the Peninsula creating dual entrances into the dining room. When one door closes another one opens; we removed the large peninsula and wall dividing the spaces, and closed off the smaller entryway to the dining room. We designed a large island in the kitchen to create more cabinet storage and provide a place for kitchen entertaining. Isn't that what everyone does in Calgary?!
- Cabinets: Lectus Cabinets
- Door Styles: Manchester
- Species: Maple and Alder
- Colour: Icing White on the wall cabinets and Cafe Stain on the Kitchen Island
Turning drab into fab was the goal for the LeBlanc's Kitchen Renovation project. We opened up the kitchen to the living space and added a large scale island for entertaining, floor to ceiling cabinetry with opposites attract countertops and a tile feature wall. Timeless, beautiful and functional!
McTaggart Cowan Residence
Susan Isbister had an idea for a new kitchen design that would add the much needed space the homeowners were looking for, but it meant getting space from somewhere else.
Luckily, the contractor was amazing, and was able to add extra square footage by raising the floor of a lowered back porch area and changing one of the windows - not an easy renovation project but worth every day.
This allowed us to improve the kitchen size considerably. We took the new cabinetry up to the ceiling and added a second tall angled pantry to help soften the entryway into the kitchen’s workspace, providing the cabinet storage they needed, as well as adding counterspace for the entire family.
- Door Styles: Parksville Flat Panel
- Species: Maple
- Colour: Chai Opaque Stain
The Richardson Residence
Another kitchen design project by our talented Susan Isbister. This kitchen renovation was needed because of some serious water damage the homeowners had to work through. With their love of white cabinetry in mind, we helped bring their 1980's kitchen into the new millennium.
We increased the cabinet height by stacking in lighted upper display cabinets to the ceiling, and made a slightly larger kitchen island. To add contrast and interest to an all white kitchen, we finished the island in Seaside Timberwood stain.
- Door Styles: Prairie School, Flat Panel
- Species: Maple
- Colour: Bone Paint With a Matte Finish
When traditional is key but modern amenities are must haves we make it happen. Our designers married the homeowner's desire for rich cabinetry with space optimizing features and lighter colored counters and backsplash choices; here we see traditional, raised panel doors paired with modern finishes and details in both the kitchen and bathroom to create elegance and drama.
Many Calgarians are challenged with the same size and shape of space, and have similar requests for their new kitchen as the Steads did: create a bright kitchen with lots of storage and a large island for food prep, eating, and entertaining. The homeowners chose fresh, painted Shaker cabinetry accented by stacked crown moulding and fulfilled their need for ample storage with a pantry wall. They also located all of their kitchen seating on the island to create an open, uncluttered floorplan.
Today's kitchen design sways toward using paler wood tones, and this chef's kitchen is right on trend with its Metropolitan eco-veneer White Oak doors. Aluminum framed glass doors, minimalistic cabinetry handles, and smooth surfaces make cleaning a breeze, too.
When a customer favours dark stained kitchen cabinetry, it can be a challenge creating a bright kitchen that still compliments their personal taste and lifestyle. But our designer, Susan Isbister, came through again.
Here, the rich oak cabinets are balanced with lighter-toned granite countertops, illuminated by island pendants and under cabinet lighting, and accented by stainless steel appliances.
- Door Styles: Whistler, Flat Panel
- Species: Oak
- Colour: Walnut Stain
With reconfiguring this space, we were able to give the customers their wish for a separate kitchen and dining area. The client loved dark kitchen cabinetry. By adding built-ins through to the dining room and using the same lighter stone counters and beautiful full-wall backsplash tile, our designers created a cohesive look that didn't make the space feel dark or small.
Make the space big, bright, open, and easy to clean was the request for this project. We worked the design around having the renovator remove walls and relocate appliances to change the layout of the space. Transitional, white and grey-stained Shaker cabinets, subway tile to the ceiling, and aged, white metal accents were selected to create a fresh look with an industrial twist.
Two-tone cabinetry blending makes a statement in this contemporary galley-style kitchen. Our designer helped the homeowner select white, high gloss slab doors to brighten and simplify the space, and Walnut cabinetry with its warm tones and characteristic grain pattern to offer personality and drama. The pantry cabinets were reduced in depth to align with the adjacent wall cabinets to add more floor space to the narrow kitchen, and to create a logical break for the 2nd cabinetry finish to be introduced.
Rhonda and Kelly Residence
A friend of a kitchen designer is a friend in deed. Elaine Atkin's redesigned her friend, Rhonda’s, space to optimize the ceiling height of 8 feet by selecting 39 inch high top kitchen cabinets and taking a simple soffit detail to the ceiling. They modified the depth of the pantries to replace a baker’s rack and increased her storage by a “bazillion”. The look was captured by using Prairie School Flat cabinets in Maple wood species stained in the color of Spice, and paired with Emtek Handles. The under counter lighting added some great late night eating ambiance for Rhonda's husband, Kelly.
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- Cabinets: Prairie School Flat
- Door Styles: Shaker
- Species: Maple
- Colour: Spice