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Kitchen Makeover Gets Whole House Cooking in Peterborough

January 04, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY HAROLD CLARK

The heart of a Peterborough home gets a major makeover.

Our Homes Peterborough Fall-Holiday 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall-Holiday 2018 issue of   OUR HOMES Peterborough Kawartha Lakes Cobourg Durham Region Port Hope, p.36. Find Find local businesses in our Peterborough directory.


Dave and Karen Brown knew when they bought their home 21 years ago it had plenty of promise. “At the time, the kitchen was rather small, but I knew that at some point, when we had the budget, we could make it comfortable,” says Karen.
 
The Browns have done just that. They culminated years of modest renovations by installing a new kitchen with custom cabinetry and quartz countertops. They took the opportunity at the same time to renovate the family room by giving it a new fireplace, custom shelving and lights.
 
They expanded the opening, as much as possible, between the kitchen and family room and enlisted the professional help of Brenda Perry at Kitchen Cabinet Solutions.

Karen chose the appliances, cupboards, materials and colours for the kitchen backsplash (tile from Turco Tile) and countertops. “I like the simplicity, the soft colour. I thought they never would be dated. I love the Cambria quartz countertop,” she says.

Brenda contributed great ideas about how to make a small kitchen work. They relocated the refrigerator, shortened bulkheads above the cabinets and built a beverage centre with a wine cooler and coffee maker. Walls were painted with Benjamin Moore’s Silver Satin from Charlotte Paint & Wallpaper.

Dave and Karen furnished their renovated space with items from Bennett’s Home Furnishings, Knock On Wood and My Favourite Things in Bobcaygeon.

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A new white kitchen with custom-built cabinets and quartz countertops is the centrepiece of the most recent renovations to this Peterborough home.

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The kitchen makeover also created a beverage centre with a wine cooler, coffee maker and microwave oven.

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A new fireplace, flanked by custom-built shelving and new furnishings, transforms the family room.

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Soft shades of white and silver on walls and furniture create a calm oasis in the living room.

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The renovation lowered the dining room window to provide a greater view of the backyard. The harvest table was made from seasoned pine planks that had been stowed for many years in a hunt camp and originally intended for a wooden boat.

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The family created a new look for the steps leading upstairs with wood treads and white risers.

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Flagstones turn the front courtyard into an extra entertaining space. Privacy is offered by Chanticleer pear trees at the front of the house that herald the arrival of spring with a profusion of white blossoms.

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A seating area in the front courtyard is shaded by lovely pear trees.

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Screened by greenery and flowers, the front courtyard is a pleasant place for drinks with the neighbours.

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A rear deck overlooks the backyard swimming pool and the natural wetland and green space beyond.

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