In this kitchen renovation for Calgary realtor Jeff Neustaedter, Legacy designer Michael Burr employed Virtual Reality (VR) to give his client an immersive preview of the new kitchen’s look and ergonomics. We asked Michael to give us a look into his process, Jeff’s goals for the space and the design details that complete the transformation.
What were the client’s goals for the renovation?
Functionally, the biggest issue was that none of the upper cabinets reached to the ceiling so all that potential storage space was wasted. From a style perspective, the previous kitchen was modern and not at all in line with the traditional look of the rest of the home.
How did you meet those renovation goals?
We created a new kitchen to match the style of the home, using white cabinetry and glass uppers to make a light and bright space. The new upper extend all the way to the ceiling to take full advantage of the storage potential. We also stained the millwork throughout the rest of the open main floor to match the new kitchen cabinets and give the entire floor the visual continuity that was missing.
Were there any unique challenges?
There was an open wall space where the old cabinets ended. The previous owner used the open space as a small dining area, but that put two dining areas side-by-side and it felt really unnatural. Our solution was to expand the kitchen with cabinets, open shelving and a new TV. A nice side effect to the expansion was ample space to increase the size of the island.
Another challenge was the lighting. The house had been through two previous remodels but the original lighting was still in place and was out of sync new kitchen’s functional zones (including the larger island). We completely overhauled the lighting design to improve task visibility and create a brighter space.
Are there any other design details you’d like to highlight?
Making a functional space was a high priority so I focused on including ample, functional cabinetry with drawers and intentional storage spaces like the pull out spice rack.
Jeff saw an island with two materials (granite and wood) in the Legacy showroom and knew he wanted to replicate the look. The new island is a functional gathering space and stunning visual showcase.
What is your favourite part of the new kitchen?
I love all of the glass doors. The glass adds light and a touch of elegance. I really like how the sink and backsplash finish the clean, refined look. Jeff mentioned that the island is a well used and beautiful feature that has become a favorite gathering place for his family.
Additional information about this renovation:
|Cabinets||Allura Cloud White with Glaze|
|Countertops||Cambria Granite and Wood|
|Island Woodwork by||Refined Rustic Furniture|