Decorating & Design

Functional Family Kitchen Renovation: The Big Reveal!

Our kitchen is finally done! It has been a long road through the biggest renovation of our lives. It wasn’t easy — especially at dinnertime — but the final product is well worth all of the work. In fact, our new kitchen is even better than we could have dreamed of, thanks to AyA Kitchens and Baths.

See below for photos of the new space. Plus, tour our kitchen in an episode of H&H Online TV.

We are thrilled with how open our kitchen is now. Our son has been running laps around the island and is enjoying all of the freedom this new space provides.  (And I like being able to keep an eye on him while I’m making dinner.)

The cabinets are what really pulls this whole space together. The dark grey colour is exactly what we were looking for, and I love how they stand out against the white walls and accessories.

Remember how cluttered our old kitchen was? (Read about it here.)

We now have tons of storage space, including a few lift-up features to hide some of our smaller appliances.

Above is the first appliance lift-up cabinetry that hides the microwave. A few years down the road, if we no longer need our microwave, we can still utilize this space for additional storage.

Here is our second lift-up that houses the toaster and blender. Both of these small appliances used to be eyesores on our counter, taking up valuable preparation space. Now they are tucked away and ready for use whenever we need them.

Our AyA designer, Sandra, was so helpful throughout the entire process, especially when it came to space planning and flow. As you can see, we also have a lot more usable counter space. The island alone provides us with more counter space than we ever had before. I love how much built-in storage we have now.

Last, but not least, is the banquette. The handsome drawers below the seat cushions look so sleek — you’d never know that they’re housing small appliances, linens and other kitchen items. And because I love to bake, I now have plenty of specialty pans and tools that are easy to reach. 

Our kitchen was once a cluttered space that wasn’t functional for our busy family. Now, we have a beautiful kitchen that we can’t wait to use. We couldn’t be happier!

Read the whole renovation story here.