Historic 1912 St. Andrews Home gets Avondale Kitchen Makeover

Today we have a beautiful kitchen makeover coming to you from the heart of St. Andrews NB, at the residence of Bob and Janet Charlton.

This historical home, built in 1912, was designed by Sir Edward Maxwell, chief architect for Sir William Van Horne, the president CP Rail Road.  You may recognize Van Horne below, in the photo of the driving of the last spike.  Van Horne resided on Minister’s Island, which has since become a popular tourist destination in St. Andrews. The home of Sir Edward Maxwell, the architect, was located along the beach facing Minister’s Island.

The last spike driven on the Canadian Pacific Railroad, photo from http://www.ross-ter.com

The main house where the Charlton’s currently reside, was originally a carriage house  for another home four blocks away.  In 1963 the carriage house was moved to this site, with two wings being added; The first in the winter of  1971 and the 2nd wing in the winter of 1972.

With these interesting pieces of history in our minds, we can now take take a look at the kitchen renovations.

The homeowners sat down with Jim, our designer, to work out a plan for the reno.  Details and plans were drawn up in the design meeting, and the project came to life!





Before the reno, French doors separated the kitchen and the dining room, for two distinct areas. By opening up the wall, a beautiful open concept kitchen space is created, with plenty of space to add a large island:


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Kit side view AFTER

Here is the view looking towards the hall and pantry.  The closet with bi-fold doors is replaced with a spacious walk-in corner pantry, and the wall is opened up and brought back to the start of the pantry.

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After Hall and Pantry

Here is the shot looking back towards the stove, before & after.  The table is replaced by an island, increasing counter space, and storage, while maintaining in-kitchen seating space.

Kit Stove BEFORE.jpg

After Stove and Old Wall

The new island is equipped with large heavy duty drawers to hold all pots and pans. Full extension creates instant visibility for all items in the drawer.

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A built in toaster garage on the counter is perfect for keeping small, frequently used appliances within reach, yet enclosed when not in use:


And finally, a custom corner pantry is an accessible option for storing all dried goods:

Acc Pantry

A big thank you to Bob & Janet who allowed us to be part of your stunning kitchen renovation!

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Are you ready for your dreams to come true?  Give us a call today or stop in for a factory and showroom tour. We have designers in your area every week, from Grand Falls to Saint John!

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