ACCORD CABINETS CREATES DAZZLING
by MARGARET ANNE FEHR / photography by CHRONIC CREATIVE
Down-sizing seems to be what’s expected for retirees but Pat chose a different course. In fact, she ‘up-sized’ when she traded her loft-style downtown condo that served her so well during her working years and purchased a West Kildonan home in 2014.
“I did the opposite and bought a lovely river lot home that I’m thoroughly enjoying,” Pat laughs. “I have a really good friend who comes from a farm and she told me that I just wanted a little bit of dirt to play with! And that’s so true. I wanted a garden and a bit more space when family and friends come to visit.”
But there was work to be done on the house that was built in 1986 and Pat zoned in on the 80’s melamine kitchen with oak trim so popular at the time, but now clearly showing its age. Upon the advice of a tradesperson co-worker, a visit to the Home Expressions Show and checking online, Pat called upon Sergey of Accord Cabinets to create what she refers to as a ‘communal kitchen’, a place that “I can commandeer guests to help when they come over and a space that’s open to the den where the TV is positioned and also encourages easy conversation when I have company.” Pat says, “Sergey and I made for a good team when deciding what goes where in the space. I knew what I wanted, but it was Sergey who was actually able to come up with the design. I would talk ‘broad-brush’ and Sergey went away and came back with a plan that included what I wanted and also his own ideas that I hadn’t considered.” Sergey put Pat’s kitchen on paper with a 3D program that gave her a virtual walk-through. “I changed a couple of details to her liking. We are a full-service company that provided Pat with the design, fabrication, installation of cabinets, countertops and sink.”
THE KITCHEN IS BATHED IN NATURAL LIGHT FROM THE ADJACENT PATIO DOORS AND ALSO THANKS TO THE REFLECTIVE PROPERTIES OF THE HIGH-GLOSS THERMOFOIL DOORS IN SOFT-WHITE FINISH, THE KITCHEN IS ALWAYS BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL.
The plans resulted in a quasi-open-concept layout with the sink and prep area looking over the den. The sink is positioned between 2 pillar cabinets and an overhead bridge of display cabinets with sand-blasted organic textured inserts provides ample storage and an interesting visual focal point. “I like the fact that each insert is slightly different,” says Pat. “It’s quite intriguing.” The kitchen is bathed in natural light from the adjacent patio doors and also thanks to the reflective properties of the highgloss thermofoil doors in soft-white finish, the kitchen is always bright and cheerful. Sergey adds that the cabinets are extremely durable, are easy to wipe down because of the smooth finish and also represent the latest German technology with new glue and MDF core and foil finish. “They can last forever!” The Caesarstone quartz countertops in Nougat with a slight speckle unite the kitchen and have been extended to create a breakfast bar space defined by three pendant lights for extra illumination.
Cabinets stretch right up to the ceiling providing an abundance of storage potential that Pat relishes. Pat adores the soft-close cabinets and drawers that close with a feather touch along with the pots and pans drawers that eliminate bending down to find a long-lost crepe pan or other less-used kitchen utensil. A full-size stainless steel range and hood fan, “I want to be able to cook a turkey for a crowd” and a full-size refrigerator, built-in microwave and cookbook shelf show that this kitchen means business! Stainless steel pulls are in harmony with the appliances and Pat adds, “I was very much guided by Sergey in helping choose them.” Her new kitchen has lived up to its potential, says Pat. “It’s functional, friendly and garners many oohs and aahs! Sergey did a superb job!”