In celebration of her cultured life, an 81-year-old Canadian suburbanite made a move to the heart of Toronto but also into a cramped kitchen. “Our inspiration was really the client, with her rich cultural and artistic knowledge,” explained Gazimov. “She really guided us through her vision and we made it come to life.”
The previous space was not only long and narrow but also lacked nearby windows and efficient lighting. “Lighting is an important aspect of interior design,” commented Gazimov. “What’s the point of bringing in all these beautiful details if you can’t see it because of improper lighting?”
The design team incorporated three types of lighting: task for under-cabinet pots, highlight for the pot lights and ambiance to illuminate the flush-mounted fixtures.
A marble tile backsplash extends to the ceiling to create the illusion of height. Lowered to 16 inches to accommodate the owner’s 5’2” height, diamond countertops match white-framed cabinetry.
Despite one section of vaulted ceiling, the previous design has a low overhead. To expound upon this, crown moldings were added to accentuate the height inside the vaulted area, and the wall cabinetry was minimized.
“The focal point is definitely the stovetop area,” said Gazimov. The stainless steel hood, marble backsplash and drawer cabinetry frame the cooktop for a pristine eye catcher.