Elevated Entertaining


Amsted Design-Build


Ottawa, ON






2023 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence

What was the challenge?

The family’s outdated kitchen was in dire need of renovation – it lacked warmth and was not suitable for socializing and cooking. To tackle this challenge, the homeowners opted for an open floor plan that seamlessly integrates all areas of the kitchen, ensuring that the family stays connected. Throughout the renovation process, the family stayed on the second floor, weathering through all the ups and downs. Despite the challenges, keeping the work site clean and warm during the various phases of the renovation was a top priority.

What was delivered?

This renovation project is a perfect example of how thoughtful design can enhance the functionality and enjoyment of a home. The addition of a modest amount of space allowed for a significant expansion of the kitchen, while still leaving plenty of room for a new open-concept dining area and spacious living area. The addition of large sliding doors will also provide easy access to a future back deck, perfect for entertaining guests during the warmer months.

One of the standout features of this renovation is the two kitchen islands. These islands offer both efficiency and flexibility, allowing for multiple uses. One island has been designated as a specialty bar/coffee area, perfect for the homeowner who is an amateur barista/mixologist, while the other is used as the primary food prep station. This clever use of space ensures that the kitchen remains a central hub of activity, while providing the flexibility to accommodate a wide variety of uses.

Overall, this renovation project is a testament to the power of good design. By carefully considering the homeowner’s needs and desires, the design team was able to create a space that is both functional and beautiful. Whether enjoying everyday moments with family or entertaining guests, this newly renovated home is sure to bring joy and happiness to all who enter.

Kitchen before Kitchen after


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