I’ve been watching a string of renovation shows lately. I don’t know what it says about me, but my favorite scenes are definitely the demolitions. I think I’m itching to break down some walls and remove bulky old cabinets in my own apartment, and even though I can’t actually take hammer in hand, I find this kitchen project particularly inspiring.
Photographer Jayme Lang and her husband just bought their first home in Vancouver. Fearlessly, they decided to gut the kitchen in order to rebuild their dream space. The newly designed kitchen is beautiful — so open and bright, with a gorgeous band of charcoal gray above a clean combination of open shelving and simple white cabinetry. The dining room is an equally successful mix of crisp white, mid-century touches and beautiful wood floors. If these two rooms are any indication, the whole home will be stunning in no time. Nicely done, Jayme! — Kate
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Cost: about $10,000 (including demolition, floors, all new appliances, custom cabinets, counters, and new dishes)
Basic Steps: Our inspiration for this kitchen (and the whole house really) came from lots of research . . . lots of Dwell Magazine, basically :) We had a basic idea of what we wanted: modern and clean, white glossy cabinets, and grey counters. With the original layout of the kitchen, however, what we wanted wasn’t going to work, so we had to start with nothing.
We gutted the whole kitchen (originally we wanted to knock down the wall beside the stove, but later found out it was a supportive wall and held all of the electrical and plumbing), designed a new layout, and then had it built. Our good friend Lily Ellis actually did the design for us, and then we had Generation Cabinets do the fabrication and installation.
If we were to do this again, we would 100% take more time. It was super stressful being on such a time crunch. But I think the biggest advice I can give is to know what you want. I knew exactly what I wanted for each room. It’s still so amazing to walk through our house (especially the kitchen) and see all our ideas and wants right there. — Jayme
Paint: Mistaya by General Paint (walls), Raccoon by General Paint (charcoal trim in kitchen)
Dining Room Light: George Nelson