Vaulted Kitchen Ceiling Makes Rich Dark Cabinetry Pop

Vaulted Kitchen Ceiling Makes Rich Dark Cabinetry Pop

This Vancouver renovation updates a kitchen and dining room

It features new custom dark cherry wood kitchen cabinetry and a vaulted skylight. The resulting space is dramatically brightened with natural light, making the room feel open and inviting to entertain dinner guests. The clients classy ‘wine bar’ inspiration for the room blends well into the home’s traditional design style backdrop.

South Vancouver

Kitchen, Powder Room, Main Floor Renovation


Traditional, Asian, Gothic, Italian


To modernize a cramped and dated kitchen and dining room; this client wanted an open concept area for dinner parties and entertaining guests. Challenges were in establishing adequate storage and distinguishing work and play areas, while retaining clients’ classy wine bar inspiration for the room.


The space is designed for multi-purpose use and entertaining. Open concept was the priority; this meant optimizing natural light and creating organized storage solutions in order to attain the clean sophisticated feel. A closet, dead-end hall, and some den space were reclaimed for the new powder room, that replaces an existing bathroom, enabling kitchen enlargement. A see-through fireplace links the rooms, ‘cozying’ both spaces.


The kitchen features classy finishing in dark ‘chocolate’ wood, matchstick mosaic back-splash tiles, and cherry flooring. The large, welcoming, curved-front Stone Island features a hands-free faucet, ‘bowl-shaped’  bar sink and wine cooler.

Off to the side and out of sight of the dinner table, the wash-up area holds a coffee station with slide-away doors over double dishwashers. Built-in shelving at hall closet provides a solution for cookbook storage.

The dining area millwork ‘hutch’, gives a traditional touch and deflects sound in the open space. Wood trim themes are retained, to balance the home’s traditional context with its new modernized fittings.

  • four-foot ‘door-and-drawer’ refrigerator
  • full height pull-out pantry shelves
  • slim-line hood-fan flaked by display shelving
  • Multi-purpose lighting, customized controls
  • Granite vessel basin, two- toned waterfall faucet
  • Bluestone match-stick mosaic tiles frame mirror
  • electric radiant in-floor heating
  • natural tone distressed maple cabinetry
  • chrome sconces and accessories enhance contrast
  • optimized city views previously reserved to decks