5 Great Kitchens and Where to Get Them

5 Great Kitchens and Where to Get Them

(Photography: Bonnie Findley)


Wow-factor additions include striking glass wall tiles and floating stainless steel shelves

When Barb Brook and Geoff Gillard bought their Old Ottawa East house in August of 2008, they renovated the kitchen even before moving in. While touring houses for sale, they had seen lots of renovated kitchens, but none that they loved. “Then we saw this fantastic house with an unrenovated kitchen,” says Barb. “The family planned to take their appliances when they moved, and we realized it was the perfect opportunity to do our own kitchen.” The couple removed walls between the tiny kitchen and the dining room, as well as between the dining room and the family room, turning three rooms (each only about 10 by 10 feet) into one bright and blended kitchen and dining room. Going into the project, they had a few must-haves on their list. Geoff, the main cook in the family, knew he wanted an island and modern walnut cabinets, while Barb, who does more of the cleanup, wanted a bigger window by the sink. The couple teamed up with Patricia Miragliotta of Interior Images, who worked with them to crystallize their ideas into a cohesive whole, along the way suggesting wow-factor additions such as striking glass wall tiles and floating stainless steel shelves. By December, the renovation was complete and Geoff hosted a staff Christmas party in the couple’s new dream kitchen.

Design: Interior Images (Patricia Miragliotta, Principal) | Cabinetry: Cameron Contracting, CFC Cabinetry | Handles: Hafele | Island counter: ‘Black Forest,’ Island Granite | Kitchen counter: Caesar stone ‘Nougat,’ The Granite Shop | Sinks: Suter, Astro Design Centre | Faucets: Hansgrohe, Astro Design Centre | Appliances: Universal Appliances | Lighting: Electrical & Plumbing Store | Backsplash: Magic M 18, Interscapes Tile and Stone Gallery Greenhouse window: The Designer’s Home Centre | Custom shelves: Ridalco | Stools: Sunpan, through Interior Images