Custom millwork by KGA Custom Kitchens.

Custom millwork by KGA Custom Kitchens.

Credit: Bob Gundu


Williamson Chong Architects 

Fittingly, what defined the wood-clad kitchen in this single-family home in Toronto is the preservation of a century-old Norway spruce at the back of the site. With a depth of 45 feet, instead of the 120 feet typical of this Victorian-era neighborhood, the design team at Williamson Chong Architects decided to devote the entire ground floor to what they term a “kitchen studio”—a functional kitchen space that still serves as a gracious entry to the home. In order to maximize the use of the space, the architects secreted the ductwork, plumbing, closets, cabinets, appliances, and a refrigerator behind sleek millwork panels that are detailed with beveled edges and recessed profiles to give the impression of a single continuous plane. “It’s beautifully crafted and the composition is very beautiful,” juror Cary Bernstein said. “It's a piece of design.” Calling the kitchen wall unit “sculptural,” juror Gregory Hoss noted that “you don't read any constituent parts; it looks like one big piece. Realizing that all these cabinet doors open and reveal lots of different things is really wonderful.”

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Custom millwork by KGA Custom Kitchens.

Custom millwork by KGA Custom Kitchens.

Credit: Bob Gundu


Custom millwork by KGA Custom Kitchens.

Custom millwork by KGA Custom Kitchens.

Credit: Bob Gundu


Kitchen.

Kitchen.

Credit: Bob Gundu


Exterior.

Exterior.

Credit: Bob Gundu


Drawings

Site context.

Site context.

Credit: Courtesy Williamson Chong Architects



Project Credits

Project  Blantyre House, Toronto
Architect  Williamson Chong Architects, Toronto—Donald Chong, Betsy Williamson, Shane Williamson (partners); Chris Routley (project architect); Bernard Sin
GeneralContractor  Derek Nicholson
Structural Engineer  Blackwell Engineering—Ethan Ghadoni
Custom Millwork  KGA Custom Kitchens—Khang Li
Photography  Bob Gundu
Project Size  2,300 square feet
Construction Cost  $265 per square foot

Materials and Sources

Bathroom Cabinets  Custom by KGA Custom Cabinetry
Bathroom Fittings  Vola vola.com
Bathroom Fixtures  Cosmic www.icosmic.com; Duravit duravit.us; Toto totousa.com
Cooktop  AEG aeg-appliances.ca
Countertops  Caesarstone caesarstoneus.com
Dishwasher  Porter & Charles porterandcharles.ca
Flooring  Stone Tile stone-tile.com; Sullivan Source sullivansource.com
Insulation  Roxul roxul.com
Kitchen Cabinets  Custom by KGA Custom Cabinetry
Kitchen Fittings  Vola vola.com
Lighting Fixtures  Eurolite eurolite.com
Oven  Porter & Charles porterandcharles.ca
Paintsand Finishes  Benjamin Moore & Co. benjaminmoore.com
Refrigerator  Liebherr www.liebherr.us
Windows  The Window Place (custom Spanish cedar windows)