A stunning way to take the idea of “warm” literally is to install a kitchen fireplace.
A sleek gas kitchen fireplace – installed into a wall of cabinets – is a unique feature of a post-industrial-style Vancouver kitchen. Sometimes referred to as a “hole in the wall” fireplace, this one floats in the wall, spreading the warmth of its flickering flames at eye level. The fireplace occupies prime real estate on this wall but it’s a unique idea and a focal point. There’s ample storage in drawers below the fire box and open shelving on each side plus a SubZero wine refrigerator nearby. There’s even a flat-screen TV installed above it. Kicking a big flat-screen up towards the ceiling definitely makes it second banana but still viewable from everywhere in the kitchen.
And what a kitchen, with wood beams on the ceiling and natural brick walls. Large steel casement windows provide wonderful natural light. luxurious Fittings include Downsview cabinetry, SubZero’s showpiece Pro 48 glass-door fridge, and a Wolf range boldly installed with an island vent hood in front of the windows — an unusual placement for a range. Vancouver designer Alanna Johnston used open shelving so as not to cover up the atmospheric exposed-brick and added a trio of chic Kartell GE pendant lights (for transparency) over a large island that seats five. One last thing: attached to the end of the island facing the fireplace is a low wooden bench. What a perfect spot to plop down in front of the fire and enjoy a glass of pinot noir – without leaving the kitchen.
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