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Forest Hill Condo

Here at Yorkville Design Centre, we like to advise our clients to open up their kitchens to their adjacent living and dining areas.

This beautiful condo came ready made for the opportunity of an open design. Working with the client, we thought it would be...

Forest Hill Condo

Here at Yorkville Design Centre, we like to advise our clients to open up their kitchens to their adjacent living and dining areas.

This beautiful condo came ready made for the opportunity of an open design. Working with the client, we thought it would be a good idea to keep some separation between kitchen and living spaces. After all, you have to at least have walls to hang cabinets on, as well as ones that hold up the neighbor’s floor above! Meals are now made in this galley portion of the kitchen between two efficient walls with counters on either side.

 

The fridge and ovens are on one side connected by a counter space between them. On the other side is the cooktop with a stainless hood and cabinets above, plus drawers galore below.

 

The sink and prep area is located where the wall opens up to the living space. This allows chefs to still get to talk and have fun with family and guests while preparing foods or cleaning up.

 

The floor level is raised in the open design kitchen area, continuing through to the entrance hall. As owners and guests enter the home and move through the kitchen, they experience a great view of their gorgeous living spaces, and a fabulous cityscape through the windows beyond.

 

The floor steps down to the breakfast room, which the owners like to affectionately call their cappuccino bar. The 'piece de resistance' is the underlit glass step that joins the two spaces. It makes for a great night-light when all the other lights are turned off. Created in the same theme as the glass step, the cappuccino bar's glass counter was designed to float in front of the window.

For the interior design and decorating of the kitchen, we collaborated with the client's interior design firm, Joanne Smith Interior Design. We provided the kitchen design, as well as supplied and installed all the cabinets and closets made by Downsview Kitchens.

Overall, this is one of our favorite kitchens that we've ever designed. Our clients came to us with a simple wish to have a connection and an open design between their living room, breakfast area and their kitchen. They weren't sure how much to open and how to create the link between all three. Yorkville Design Centre was able to envision what could be an award winning design, and we love the way we've interwoven the spaces. The marble bar returning into the living room provides a transition of materials from the necessary hardness of the kitchen counter to the elegance of the living room finishes.

In summary, we had great clients who had a fabulous seed of an idea that we delivered on successfully with our collaborative design team.

Downtown Condo

What if your space is small and certain structural elements can't be eliminated for a reasonable cost?  At this downtown condo, space was at a premium.  But rather than worry about how to take away a load-bearing wall between the kitchen and dining...

Downtown Condo

What if your space is small and certain structural elements can't be eliminated for a reasonable cost?  At this downtown condo, space was at a premium.  But rather than worry about how to take away a load-bearing wall between the kitchen and dining room, the wall was featured by painting it vermillion and using it to incorporate light switches, outlets and a TV that comes in handy for viewing cooking shows.

Similarly, the space for the walk-in closet, which was already tight, presented a difficult problem for adding a privacy door.  An elegant solution was found by installing a sliding wood door with obscured glass inserts.

Avenue Road Condo

The designers at Yorkville Design Centre know how to reflect the various aspects of your personality in your living space.  

This condo design emphasizes the dual nature of the client.  The contemporary kitchen is hip and causally calm, a...

Avenue Road Condo

The designers at Yorkville Design Centre know how to reflect the various aspects of your personality in your living space.  

This condo design emphasizes the dual nature of the client.  The contemporary kitchen is hip and causally calm, a feeling also found in the bathroom.  In contrast, the formal living/dining space is refined, sophisticated and elegant.  Although different in character, the two types of design work well together in enhancing the living architecture of the space.

Queen and Broadview Condo

The details make the difference. At Yorkville Design Centre we make your ideal design more than you ever imagined. How do we do it?  In this condo we feature beautiful wood columns that seemlessly blend into the wood finished ceiling, a sleek quartz...

Queen and Broadview Condo

The details make the difference. At Yorkville Design Centre we make your ideal design more than you ever imagined. How do we do it?  In this condo we feature beautiful wood columns that seemlessly blend into the wood finished ceiling, a sleek quartz waterfall countertop, custom wire mesh doors for the bookshelves and many more little touches. 

East Side Loft

This loft came with many components of modern design. The kitchen was already contemporary; the layout was open-concept; the stairs looked nice; the windows let in lots of light; there was a walk-in closet. But the space looked...

East Side Loft

This loft came with many components of modern design. The kitchen was already contemporary; the layout was open-concept; the stairs looked nice; the windows let in lots of light; there was a walk-in closet. But the space looked like it had been cobbled together and nothing gelled. Stepping into the bathroom was like entering a completely different home.

 

YDC adjusted everything, making sure all of the rooms worked together. The added wirebrushed solid oak kitchen cabinets now enhance the new gray oak floors. The bland white countertops were replaced by honed marble on the island and stainless steel below the cabinets. The industrial ceiling and pipes, previously eyesores, are now things you don't feel guilty looking at. The sliding barn door is the perfect mix of contemporary and industrial, blending the two elements of the main room together. Everything in the room now works together naturally—even our clients' decorations on the shelf!

 

In the bathroom, a sliding glass door was added, with all the industrial components exposed. A previously hidden structural beam was actually highlighted and incorporated into the design. All this, along with the new flooring and cabinets, made the bathroom relate much more with the rest of the house, making for a hugely better transition from the bedroom.

 

The walk-in closet was also changed. The unneeded door was eliminated, along with some mismatched drawers, leaving space for beautiful new ones. Once again, the space was made to coexist with the rest of the house, while also bringing its own elements of style to the table.

 

All of this made for a chic and unique loft that is sure to catch the eye of any critic. So, if you're not totally happy with your current design, talk to the experts at Yorkville Design Centre. They know how to make your space truly gorgeous.

Yorkville Condo

Downsizing can be a difficult process for empty nesters. At Yorkville Design Centre, we can offer design advice to make the transition a smooth one.

This stylish couple was moving from a large family home in North Toronto to a great flat with a terrific...

Yorkville Condo

Downsizing can be a difficult process for empty nesters. At Yorkville Design Centre, we can offer design advice to make the transition a smooth one.

This stylish couple was moving from a large family home in North Toronto to a great flat with a terrific downtown view. They chose us for the convenience of dealing with a local Yorkville team right around the corner from their new suite. 

To make up for the overall loss of space in moving from the family house they had shared with their kids into a condo, the couple each wanted to finally have their own offices that spoke to who they were and all that they had accomplished. The design of these new individualized offices would also serve to satisfy all their storage needs with everything of value neatly stored or displayed in its rightful place.

For her, she got what she'd always dreamed of, a Mondrian inspired sculpture of desk, cabinets and shelves.

A more masculine look for him: complete with Carrara marble table and desk, a built in temperature controlled wine storage unit in matching veneer, and a more subdued palate of cabinets, complete with built-in speakers.

Dining room cupboards, family room lower cabinets, table-top and a wall unit topped off the list of requirements that Yorkville Design Centre fulfilled with our beautiful custom made Downsview Kitchens cabinets.

In the photos, you can see two views of the dining room cabinets with doors closed and doors open to show off the entertaining space with glasses and bar.

The family room wall unit is spectacular! Our clients especially love this piece as it ties everything together using the same dark veneer as his study, and it gets along well with their brightly coloured cornucopia of sculptures.

We also helped these clients with their selection and placement of furniture from South Hill Homes as well as the wall colours, flooring and lighting.

Our clients were so happy with all of our work that they invited us to their house warming and recommended us to their friends.

In the end, the downsizing was a success. We worked patiently together with the clients to satisfy their uniquely creative design tastes.