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With its natural, raw materials and shades of driftwood, this kitchen reflects its role as the social heart of a holiday home beside the beach

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There are multiple ways to fine-tune a preferred design for a new kitchen, but capturing images of other projects you love is good place to start.

This was the approach taken by the owners of this extensively renovated house, Bayne and Scott Belair. The couple presented designer Sean Daigle of Downsview Kitchens with a raft of images, and it was clear the new kitchen in the family's holiday home would feature natural, raw materials that would provide a connection to the beach, one block from the house.

"We wanted it to be very organic and natural, but with a modern twist," says Bayne Belair. "We wanted to create a spa-like feel, with a design that would be in keeping with the existing architecture."

Walls were removed to replace a "hodge-podge of small rooms" with one large family living area that opens to the outdoors.

To provide an appropriate backdrop, the existing wood ceiling, with its long, narrow skylights, was sandblasted and stained in a driftwood colour that matches the wire-brushed oak floor.

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The kitchen was placed along one wall, with a large island forming the centre of operations. The wall behind the island features embedded stone – the colours of the stone are echoed by the antiqued patina on the custom rangehood, and by matching shelving units with wood slats.

The cabinetry is also defined by a strong sense of symmetry, but that is where the formality ends. Furniture-style cabinets at either end of the island, and two large armoire cabinets feature textural wire-brushed oak that evokes a windswept beach.

"It's a very comfortable, casual look well suited to a house by the beach," says Daigle. "For a little fun, there are black slate inserts on the drawer fronts and benchtops on the end units, which the family can write on.

"The perimeter cabinets feature a custom painted finish with stainless steel strapping around the doors and drawers, while the island has recessed panel doors."

To further enhance the idea of different furniture elements, the end units have grey limestone tops, with a custom ogee edge, rather than the chunky profile of the Carrara marble island top. Handles are also in two different styles.

First published date: 16 February 2015

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Kitchen designer Sean Daigle, Downsview Kitchens (Juno Beach, FL)
Architect Mitch Miller, Village Architects
Builder Keating-Moore Construction
Cabinet company Downsview Kitchens
Cabinetry Amalfi doors, custom painted in a driftwood tone; custom finish on wire-brushed oak on lower island ends and armoires
Hardware Hamilton Sinkler from Miller's Fine Decorative Hardware
Benchtops Carrara marble by Accurate Tile & Marble
Splashback Accurate Tile & Marble
Flooring Wire-brushed European oak by California Designs
Pendant lighting Palecek
Metal shelving Ross Enterprises
Artwork Natasha Law
Sink Rohl from Miller's Fine Decorative Hardware
Taps Dornbracht from Miller's Fine Decorative Hardware
Stools Faustina Pace Antiques
Range and dishwasher Thermador
Ventilation Ross Enterprises
Refrigeration Sub-Zero