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This farmhouse-style kitchen is a home chef's dream

Jil Sonia McDonald designed this space for a client in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada.

Modern farmhouse kitchen
  • Modern farmhouse kitchen
  • Modern farmhouse kitchen
  • Light blue kitchen cabinets
  • Kitchen fireplace
  • Light blue kitchen cabinets
  • Blue modern farmhouse kitchen
  • barstools in a kitchen

Jil Sonia McDonald transformed a small and outdated kitchen into a beautiful and functional space for her client in Maple Ridge, Canada.

The original kitchen, built in the '80s, was small and cramped, but McDonald had a vision to open up the space and create a modern, functional kitchen that would be perfect for the homeowner's love of cooking and entertaining.

"The original kitchen was so small, the first thing I suggested was to remove two walls, one between the original dining room and kitchen and the second between the tiny kitchen and the hallway," McDonald said. "Thankfully our builder allowed us to remove those walls and we were able to create a large open concept kitchen."

Modern farmhouse kitchen
Photo: Tracey AytonThe kitchen was remodeled and combined with the adjoining dining room to create more space.

One of the key features of the new modern farmhouse style kitchen is the large island with a White Oak countertop. The countertop was specially oiled with food safe oil, providing a beautiful and functional surface for rolling out cookie dough or preparing meals. "I think that island countertop is my favourite part of the design," McDonald said.

Modern farmhouse kitchen
Photo: Tracey AytonThe large kitchen island has a White Oak countertop and provides the perfect place to prep meals.

The homeowner's love of cooking also led McDonald to include plenty of cabinetry and storage, ensuring that all the drawers pulled out completely so the homeowner could access the very back of them. As a built-in refrigerator would have been too small, McDonald actually built out the cabinetry to be 32" deep, so the refrigerator appears to be nestled within the cabinetry.

Light blue kitchen cabinets
Photo: Tracey Ayton The cabinetry is 32” deep, so that the fridge appears to be nestled within cabinets.
Kitchen fireplace
Photo: Tracey AytonThe fireplace is used frequently on cold winter mornings.

The adjoining room was originally a dining room with a fireplace, but the layout of the room only allowed for their dining table to be placed 3 feet away from the fireplace. By removing the wall between these two spaces and refacing the fireplace, McDonald was able to create a unique and beautiful kitchen with a fireplace. The homeowner loves this feature and says "On the cold winter mornings first thing she does is turn on the fireplace while she's making her first cup of coffee! She loves it!"

Light blue kitchen cabinets
Photo: Tracey AytonThis kitchen was designed with plenty of cabinet space so the owner could store away all their cooking equipment.
Blue modern farmhouse kitchen
Photo: Tracey AytonAll the drawers pull out completely so all items are easy to access.
barstools in a kitchen
Photo: Tracey AytonThe kitchen peninsula has a bar-height countertop perfect for breakfast or an afternoon coffee.
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