What makes the kitchen so special?

ITS ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES

One of the top priorities for this brand new kitchen was to make it look like it wasn’t brand new at all. Although it’s the hub of a freshly built 5,355-square-foot, four-bedroom home in Richmond Hill, Ont., «the homeowners didn’t want it to look like it was just a big, new kitchen in a big, new house,» explains designer Halina Catherine of Catherine + Davis. To that end, plenty of architectural interest was added with a beamed tongue-and-groove ceiling, reclaimed elm floors laid in a herringbone pattern, honed Calacatta marble countertops, a servery (not shown) and a large bay window. All of these details add up to a kitchen that looks like it could be in a refined European home of a certain age.

Bucking the trend of giant gas ranges, the homeowner requested a low-profile induction cooktop, along with double wall ovens and a separate steam oven. Two small pullout drawer fridges in the servery supplement the main fridge in the kitchen. Most of the food prep — as well as homework and family time — happens at the huge island, which was treated to a dark stain to ground the light, airy space. «The family really congregates here,» says Halina. And it’s easy to see why.

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