May 29, 2024


Vibrant yellow brings a touch of joy to a Scandinavian-inspired reno

Kitchen refresh lets the sunshine in

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Homeowner Mary Kestler had one big ask for her Scandi modern-inspired kitchen renovation: yellow.

“It’s just a happy colour,” Kestler says. “We live in Vancouver, and it rains, you know? It’s grey for six months of the year, so things have to be light and bright and sunny inside.”

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Her circa-1985 home on the city’s west side wasn’t exactly standard-issue, either, with a steeply pitched roofline and banks of large skylights. “Nothing about our house is typical or standard; it’s not a box,” says Kestler. “So there’s no way the interior design was going to be what I’d consider typical. It needed to be funky.”

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Though yellow was “a specific ask” and not a colour interior designer Denise Ashmore normally gravitates to, she clearly understood the assignment: to deliver a bright, yet soft shade alongside easy-to-embrace neutrals and natural textures. “We were always trying to balance it … to make sure it wouldn’t get tired or just be overwhelming,” adds Ashmore, principal of Vancouver-based Project 22 Design.

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A splash of sunny yellow–Sherwin Williams June Day–is the focal point in this Scandi modern-inspired Vancouver kitchen renovation. Concrete-look Caesarstone countertops and muted grey mosaic tiles by Savoy complement the burst of yellow, while large-scale porcelain floor tiles also give the feel of matte concrete. Photo by Jesse Laver, Laver Creative

The family had bought the house in 2016, embarking on a series of updates leading to the recent project: a refresh of the kitchen, dining room and two bathrooms. The tired kitchen, where things were “falling apart,” was the big trigger for this round of renos, Kestler says. They also wanted more space for entertaining.

Studying the floor layout, Ashmore quickly realized the kitchen couldn’t accommodate enough extra seating, and suggested expanding the dining room instead.

Next, Ashmore set to overhauling the kitchen, reorienting the layout to fit an oversized island, with casual seating for everyday meals and family time. As she and Kestler worked through 3D concepts and inspiration photos for the rest of the design, Kestler kept circling back to plywood-style cabinets, as a complement to the yellow shade they’d selected as the accent (Sherwin Williams June Day).

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The home’s powder room picks up the kitchen palette, with graphic-patterned “Tex” tiles by Italy’s Mutina Ceramics adding another touch of yellow. Photo by Jesse Laver, Laver Creative

Collaborating closely with a millworker, they landed on durable ash veneer with a visible grain. Custom cut-out handles add to the Scandi feel of the space, as do simple, sculptural white light fixtures over the island.

Elsewhere, careful planning helped maximize utility. A small-footprint induction cooktop tucks neatly into an existing masonry nook, under an angled ceiling, now clad in easy-to-clean engineered quartz. Concrete-look Caesarstone countertops and muted grey tiles balance the burst of yellow, while large-scale porcelain floor tiles also give the feel of matte concrete. The aggregate look is timeless and clean, with a playful edge.

A similar interplay of finishes continues in the powder room, where graphic patterned tiles by Italy’s Mutina Ceramics are the centrepiece, adding another touch of sunny yellow.

On the first floor, Kestler’s two teenage daughters needed a larger and better laid-out bathroom near their bedrooms. Clawing some space from a neighbouring laundry room, Ashmore obliged, pulling in ash millwork and a palette similar to upstairs, but accented with misty blue-grey Mutina tiles—no yellow here. Brushed nickel fixtures, a pill-shaped mirror and large shower round out the space stylistically, while a simple glass wall maximizes the shower visually and in footprint.

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Soft greys and blue tiles from the Mutina Tape collection complement natural ash cabinetry in the first-floor bath, where lines are clean and simple to maximize visual openness. Photo by Jesse Laver, Laver Creative /jpg

To gain every inch of elbow room possible for the girls, the design team created ample storage space using a combination of closed cabinets and clever open shelving, like a toothbrush niche—and shelving for toilet paper in beside the toilet, where drawers or doors wouldn’t have space to open. “It was such a tiny bathroom that putting a semi-recessed sink in was also important,” Ashmore says.

Since the renovation wrapped up in 2022, the updated space has been working beautifully for the family, Kestler says. Down the road, they plan to tackle more projects in phases, including a laneway home and an exterior update.

But for now, daily life centres around the sunny, refreshed kitchen. And life is good. “We spend all of our time in that kitchen,” says Kestler. “You cook, you have drinks, you have people sitting there. It’s a wonderful room.”

Design: Project 22 Design

Millwork: SOMA Millwork & Design

Construction: Jordan Dion-Duval and Gui Harbec, Line Contracting

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Development workers get in touch with on B.C. to make flush toilets necessary on work sites

The union symbolizing 40,000 design employees in British Columbia wants the province to make flush bathrooms obligatory on construction websites, saying the existing use of chemical bogs are "unsanitary and undignified."

On Wednesday, B.C. Making Trades released its Get Flushed campaign, which aims to transform provincial policies to pressure construction providers to give both bathrooms and hand-washing facilities linked to sewer units, or transportable models with functioning water, on job websites with 25 or more employees.

"Design staff have been confronted with unsanitary and undignified washroom problems for also lengthy," claimed Brynn Bourke, govt director of the B.C. Developing Trades Council in a launch.

"We want the provincial government to step in and stand up for the men and women who create this province."

A new report from the union suggests "portable chemical washrooms continue to be the default approach and the cleanliness of those people washrooms has not been improved."

'Degrading and dehumanizing'

Its campaign capabilities staff who describe delaying washroom visits because of the very poor ailment and upkeep of moveable bathrooms. Some say they sense they are not valued by their employer due to the fact of washroom facilities provided on position web sites.

"I've been at a whole lot of employment wherever the washrooms are so bad that you just have to maintain it," mentioned Peter White, an ironworker and B.C. Making Trades member.

"Being compelled to use porta-potties is degrading and dehumanizing."

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Unionized development personnel in B.C. are asking for bathrooms like these to be mandated in the province on work web-sites to substitute chemical toilets. (Google)

Bourke claims the absence of thoroughly clean, effectively-lit and heated flush bogs on career web-sites has been an problem throughout Canada considering the fact that the 1970s, but now, as B.C. is striving to attract more personnel to the sector to meet up with demand from customers for a vast acceleration of housing initiatives, transform wants to be expedited.

"We are finished waiting around," stated Bourke at a provincial announcement on Wednesday about attracting much more personnel to the sector and hosted by Minister of Submit-Secondary Training and Foreseeable future Skills Selina Robinson.

The report builds on do the job finished in 2021 that outlined the complications of portable bathrooms on building internet sites and gave the industry two decades to make improvements.

The new report states not more than enough has been done. B.C. Setting up Trades would like the province to make improvements to the province's Employees Compensation Act and the Occupational Wellbeing and Protection Regulation so companies would be compelled to give improved facilities.

The report also outlines other jurisdictions, this sort of as Quebec, where immediately after a 12-year campaign the province in 2015 built it necessary to put in heated washrooms with working h2o on position internet sites with a lot more than 25 employees.

Robinson reported Wednesday that discussions about the plumbed toilet situation on design websites are using area amongst the field and the Ministry of Labour.

But, she stated, getting spoken with young females about endeavor professions in the design marketplace, on-web-site amenities this kind of as bathrooms are a likely impediment.

Robinson claims she encourages companies to strengthen facilities of their own accord.

"I invite the field by itself to get it on," she said. "Why would you hold out to be mandated to handle your workforce with dignity and regard?"

The British Columbia Development Association (BCCA), which signifies 10,000 employers in the province's industrial, professional, institutional and residential multi-device (ICIR) design marketplace, did not promptly respond to inquiries from CBC Information in excess of the issue.