“Working with a designer was a new experience for us. We learned quickly that Cheryl is blessed with an innate sense of style, creativity and a remarkable vision of what can be.”
- The Keatings
CASE STUDY 1
Terry and Janet sold their city condo and moved to the suburbs with the idea of re-modeling the home to suit their changing life style. They have a blended family of 5 grown children and it was becoming evident that they needed to accommodate a steadily growing number of grandchildren, space for Terry’s cooking passion and accommodation for outdoor entertaining in a charming sunny backyard.
They wanted to open up the living and dining room spaces to the kitchen and create a Great room experience where friends and family could be together in multi-functional areas. They had no idea of how to achieve this so after a lot of internet research and designer and contractor interviews gave Cheryl the task of fulfilling their vision.
On the top of Terry’s new kitchen wish list was a formidable 5 foot range with 2 full-size ovens and Janet’s desire to have a comfortable prep and clean-up area for the “chef’s assistant”. The space available was generous but segmented with no relationship between the Living room/ dining combo and the kitchen/family room combo. The Family room had an awkward 45 degree fireplace configuration making a furniture layout difficult for comfortable TV viewing.
Cheryl suggested removing the dividing walls between the spaces with care to maintain the structural elements that would have been costly to remove and re-zoning the function of the spaces. The proverbial living room, used only for holidays, was dispensed with in preference for a larger family room and the Dining room spread out to occupy the space more comfortably. Three feet was added to the Family Room to line up with the kitchen wall and new glass doors added to access the backyard from the Family Room as well as the kitchen. The caddy cornered fireplace was removed with the dividing wall removal and relocated on the outside wall opposite the new kitchen island affording a comfortable seating arrangement for all.
With the space arranged perfectly around the cooking hub, a galley style kitchen was designed to accommodate large prep surfaces, generous island with wash-up sink and plenty of tall storage cabinets located with the refrigerator at the end of the kitchen. Warm cherry wood was used for cabinetry and fireplace trims and practical maintenance free surfaces for backsplashes and counters specified for a heavily used kitchen instead of natural stone.
The remodel was so successful that Terry started a “cooking school” for his guy friends to learn the basics of food preparation and simple cooking and has a wait list for his next session. He boasts how comfortably the kitchen can accommodate up to 5 big guys without rubbing elbows whilst learning to dress a chicken!
Working with a designer was a new experience for us. We learned quickly that Cheryl is blessed with an innate sense of style, creativity and a remarkable vision of what can be. But in addition to all that, one of the things that makes her such a successful designer is that she is a very good listener.
Our first meeting with her lasted several hours. She bombarded us with questions, not only about what we wanted for our kitchen, but about our life style in general. Do you entertain? Big parties or small? Who does the cooking? Is he left- or right-handed? How do you stock your kitchen? By the time that meeting was over, Cheryl knew what our style preferences were, how we lived, and what features were most important to us.
And she delivered us a kitchen that matched us perfectly. From the bid-ready plans and specifications she delivered to her recommendations for surfaces, appliances, textures and colors, she never lost sight of what we wanted. She patiently and graciously worked with us and our contractor to bring our dream to reality.
-Janet and Terry Keating