Kitchen GoalsPublished on October 27, 2018

  • signer Julianna Dykstra worked with her clients to create a space that flowed through the living area
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Grey quartz countertops tie in with the colour scheme throughout
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • A deep stainless sink sits in the centre of the island
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • A shelf below the microwave is a useful element
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

A home built on what was once lush farmland in the lost village of Hazeldean, owned by the Young Family, is now known for its award-winning design in the south end of Kanata.

The unique bungalow was one of a few homes built for the Young family, among the Hazeldean area’s early settlers, after their vast farmland was sold. The current owners had eyed the house in the Young’s Pond neighbourhood for many years and when it came up for sale their dream of ownership was realized.

Julianna Dykstra, a kitchen and bath designer with Distinctive Bathrooms and Kitchens, was brought in to renovate the existing dated kitchen. Her goal was to: “Create a kitchen space that would become the heart of the home for a couple who had recently purchased their dream home.”


Both the homeowners and designer were adamant about honouring the original integrity of the architecture. Features like classic crown molding were appealing, and the style of the new kitchen respects this. Incorporating both the living and family room space into the kitchen area was a must-have.

The details

Julianna chose transitional style cabinetry in MDF flat panel, with the addition of a sophisticated beveled profile. By incorporating marble into the backsplash, and then carrying on a grey scheme into the quartz countertop, the designer blended the new kitchen to flow beautifully within the existing space.

An oversized island seats four and overlooks the living room to create enhanced entertaining space. The island is now the main food prep area with both the sink and dishwasher integrated into it.

A smooth flow of space is likely what made this kitchen a winner at the 2017 NKBA Ottawa Chapter awards gala. The space not only achieved its goal of being the heart of the home, but it is also highly functional. The kitchen also transitions smoothly into the more service-oriented areas of the bungalow.

Bonus space

Julianna carried the kitchen design into the back hall, just at the edge of the laundry room, to create a space that functions like a butler’s pantry. A microwave and storage unit has become a stylish use of space with award-winning appeal.

Today, a home with a rich history in Kanata has been brought up to date while maintaining the integrity of its roots through the clever use of design. It’s a feat which is certainly worthy of recognition.

Mary Taggart

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