Family Mountain Retreat: A Transitional Before & After

Legacy designer Paul Wedel transformed a small and dated Canmore kitchen into an open, modern gathering space in this family mountain retreat.

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Transitional Modern Kitchen Renovation
After
Transitional Modern Kitchen Renovation

This home is nestled in the mountains with dramatic views so I wanted to create a similar sense of grandeur inside. I used three colors to create dramatic contrasts and varying cabinet heights/depths to emphasize the immense size of the space.

Before
Transitional Modern Kitchen Renovation
After
Transitional Modern Kitchen Renovation

We removed all of the interior walls and relocated the master bedroom to the garage loft so the bedroom could take better advantage of the mountain views. By relocating the master bedroom we were able to expand the kitchen footprint, increase the sense of scale and include an extended island that is approximately 11×5 ft. with 8.5 ft. walkways at either end.

Before
Transitional Modern Kitchen Renovation
After
Transitional Modern Kitchen Renovation

The biggest design challenge in this space was creating a simple, contemporary hood design that fits into the overall design with the unique four window arrangement which the client wished to retain.

Transitional Modern Kitchen Renovation

The homeowners have grown children with families who also enjoy using this second home as a weekend mountain getaway. The new design includes wide open spaces to accommodate large family gatherings.

Both homeowners enjoy cooking; one partner is quite tall and the other is fairly short so I designed double flip up doors in the upper cabinets to accommodate both of their reach heights.

My favorite part of the design is the use of three colors to integrate the clean contemporary interior look with the traditional rustic (orange-ish) stain that you find on the exterior of a typical home in Canmore.

Additional information about this renovation:

Designer Paul Wedel
White Oak Cabinets V106H White Rift Oak custom Cinnamon
Grey Oak Cabinets V106H White Rift Oak in Grey Smoke
White Gloss Cabinets MDF800 White Ultra Gloss
Hardware Richelieu BP7544-170 series in 4 different sizes

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