19th-Century Kitchen Restoration
Recreating history on an impressively low budget.
Tim Romanow and Gaétan Gariépy of Quebec City, winners of 'Best Kitchen' in our 2009 Design Contest, transformed a cramped, dysfunctional space into a historically-inspired French kitchen. Gaétan, a carpenter, hand-crafted all the cabinetry, countertops and millwork, disguising the strange angles and uneven surfaces common in an old house. He left a space between the glass-fronted upper cabinets and the coffered ceiling to create the illusion of greater height. To open the space further, the island was set on feet so it would look less bulky. The practical, wood-look ceramic tile flooring compliments the dark wood accents, and feels authentically French.