What makes a Vancouver Condo Kitchen a “Vancouver Condo Kitchen”?
Vancouver condos are unique in many ways. They tend to be smaller, more compact and functionality-oriented than traditional condominiums found throughout the Lower Mainland. They often require unique storage solutions and a well-designed layout to make the space as comfortable as possible for everyday life. This is especially true when it comes to their kitchens.
Vancouver condos tend to have L-shaped kitchens with an island or galley feature. They often have taller ceilings and integrated panels, which gives spaces with smaller square footage, a more luxurious feel.
This is perhaps what makes a Vancouver condo kitchen, a “Vancouver Condo Kitchen”. It’s about getting the most you can out of the space you have, and being proud of your innovative solutions to make it work.
Below are some tips & tricks to help you get the most out of your Vancouver condo kitchen.
Cool Kitchen Ideas for Your Vancouver Condo (Tips/Tricks)
When designing a kitchen for a typical Vancouver condo, it’s a great idea to use the full height of your walls, to maximize your storage space. When designing the layout of your kitchen, you can make use of shelving, double-stacked cabinetry, and pot racks to fit everything you need into a smaller kitchen, without having a “cluttered” look.
Cabinet Shelving & Racks
Cabinets can hold so much more with internal shelving and dish racks. These give you the opportunity to use the entire cabinet for storage, without having to pile items on top of each other. With so many innovative shelf and rack designs to choose from, there is a storage solution for every cabinet’s needs.
Using bright colors really helps create a warm and welcoming space. In smaller condominiums especially, bright colors can be essential to making the space feel more open and airy. White, grey, blue, red, yellow, and green, are commonly used to create this effect.
It’s also important to think about your accent colors as well. Accent colors can be implemented through your kitchen’s cabinetry, countertops, lighting, trim, backsplash or even through artwork or display items that follow a uniform color palette. Accent colors are vital to keeping a uniform design throughout the entire space.
Adding plants to your kitchen is a fantastic way to help bring it to life. Plants can be seamlessly implemented into your condo kitchen on interior windowsills and on top of cabinetry. This allows you to add plants to your kitchen without compromising any precious floor space.
In smaller Vancouver condo’s, rugs can be a great way to separate spaces in a common room. This applies to kitchens as well. By putting a rug under your dining table, you can create a sense of detachment, that defines the dining area as a separate space from the kitchen. This will make the space feel larger and more open, with very little effort.
Wallpaper is becoming much more common in 2021, as an easy way to add a splash of color and personality to just about any space. This is true for kitchens as well. Wallpaper can also be a great way to help separate the dining area and the kitchen and create a sense of separation between the two spaces.
Challenges to Renovating your Vancouver Condo Kitchen
When considering any condominium renovation projects, there are a few challenges that need to be addressed. The biggest challenge is getting permission from your strata and the city. Once you contact your strata and figure out what limitations you have to work with, you can begin the final design for your kitchen. Once your design is complete and strata approved, you can get a permit from the city to proceed with your renovations.
The most important thing to keep in mind about this process is that it can add delays to your project’s timeline and will also address limitations that need to keep in mind when designing your kitchen.
Another challenge that is often overlooked when doing condo renovations is elevators for trades. Condominiums create unique challenges that can make it very difficult to deliver and install a new kitchen. To make your design a reality, you need to make sure that everything you plan on installing can fit in your building’s elevator. This can create limitations to the size of cabinetry and countertops you can use without cutting them to fit and creating seams.
How Oasis Kitchens can Help
At Oasis Kitchens, we offer users the ability to design their own kitchen from the comfort of home, using our online kitchen planner. You can start your design either on your own, or with the help of one of our talented Design Curators.
Our kitchen professionals are available to help every step of the way and will review your design in-depth to make sure every detail checks out.
Once the design stage is complete, our expert installers make sure that your kitchen is installed in a timely and precise manner, so your dream kitchen looks exactly how you envisioned it, in as little time possible.