Modern European Farmhouse Kitchen Design and Renovation
It's a true pleasure to look inside the home of an experienced design professional like Paul Wedel who has been a Legacy Kitchens designer for over 35 years. Paul and his wife purchased a 1959 Ranch-style home in Southwest Calgary with plans to transform it into a chic Modern Farmhouse. The goal of this renovation was to create a warm and bright space ideal for gathering with family and friends.
The original split-level design of the home was dark and divided. To create an open concept living area, Paul updated the layout by removing existing walls, drywall, flooring, and chimney. Bi-fold patio doors and large windows flood the space with natural sunlight.
To support the roof, two ceiling beams were installed. The result was a 12 foot vaulted ceiling with unobstructed sightlines. Paul mentions, "One of the most challenging and unique elements was designing a visually balanced space on the perimeter wall given that the 8 foot ceiling height is flat on the perimeter and then vaulted to the 12 foot peak."
Paul's favorite design feature in the home is the use of color blocking. "The perimeter wall area is all one color based on the Chantilly Lace cabinetry color. This blocking concept includes cabinetry, backsplash subway tile, quartz countertops, wall and ceiling color all in a matching white. We accented this area with black hardware and the Natural Halifax Oak Shelving to add warmth." A black anthracite farm sink and a shiplap style hood fan reinforce the Modern Farmhouse look.
Opposite the kitchen is the beverage center - a combination Butler's pantry and wet bar. Black cabinetry and Cambrian granite leathered countertop bring personality to this dedicated space. Natural Halifax Oak Shelving and a Farmhouse style motif tile backsplash are final details that make this the perfect area for a cup of coffee or a cocktail.