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AUG 2019

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Easy Living MIKE BROWN and AILEEN SALVA BROWN, Co-Designer Paragon Kitchens, Guelph, Ontario, Canada Bringing the design of this 1960s traditional colonial home into the present was a challenge for Mike Brown and co-designer Aileen Salva Brown of Paragon Kitchens, one that required flipping spaces, removing walls and redirecting the main staircase. Designed to be more condu- cive to the young family now living there, rooms were opened up, Universal Design elements were incorporated and smart features were added to pro- vide both function and style. Moving the kitchen from its original location to the living/dining room yielded more space to create the right layout, while at the same time providing access to a back patio for barbecuing and outdoor entertaining. The designers used family-friendly finishes throughout, including modern engineered cabinets from Miralis with Full Access Contemporary Slab doors and aluminum c-channel hardware for a handleless look and easy access. The Black Lace finish on the lowers and island are FENIX Nanotech, which is scratch- and stain-resistant and has thermal healing properties, ideal for a young family. Sonoma Oak uppers are an engineered material in a high-gloss finish, providing a striking contrast to the dark matte cabinets. Cambria quartz Brittanicca in a matte finish is used through- out the space, including as a dramatic full-height backsplash along the wall. On the island, a 2" mitered edge provides a solid look, while a ¾"-thin look on the perimeter highlights the c-chan- nel of the cabinets. The island includes a 4'-wide Galley Workstation with Graphite Wood accessories, teamed up with a Galley Tap and soap dispenser in brushed stainless steel and Gaggenau dish- washer. Drawer storage abounds here, providing easy access for all members of the household. The back wall includes additional drawer storage, as well as open shelving under the top cabinetry, offering a place to display both functional and decorative items. A cooktop paired with a Gaggenau hood is featured here, as well as a Gaggenau wall oven, steam oven and warming drawer, placed at accessible height. An adjacent window wall includes paneled refrigerator and freezer columns, also from Gagganau, along with a prep sink and faucet. Around the turn, a bar area includes a Gaggenau espresso/coffee machine, which provides fast and easy access for grabbing coffee on the go. August 2019 • KitchenBathDesign.com 43

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