IMG_1795When we first moved in I thought, there is no way all our stuff is going to fit in this kitchen! The rest of our belongings evaporated into the bedroom-sized closets but we have gathered a surprising amount of cooking paraphernalia over the years as we attempt to expand our culinary world. Plus, groceries for a family of five require truckloads of space. So I wondered out loud, who puts a condo kitchen in a 3000 square foot home? However, I have found that the designers and architects weren’t completely wrong. True that even for Russ and I, who historically design “tall” kitchens into our homes, the 10 foot ceilings make the top row of cupboards purely aesthetic. And of course, if this was our forever-home, we would make modifications to convert the mudroom to a pantry but otherwise the space is …. dare I say it …. pretty perfect.

 IMG_0484The open-to-literally-everywhere kitchen forces me to be a tidier chef as there are no hiding spots for lingering dishes but it also allows me to keep an eye on the girls while prepping food. This makes me more productive and allows the girls more freedom in their play, a win-win. The other hidden bonus is that the galley style kitchen prevents the kids from being underfoot, it’s just too narrow for a play space. So without continual tripping hazards (aka dolls, pretend food, pull-toys, doll strollers and the odd building block or wand), I am also a happier and safer chef!

 But the best part of the kitchen is the view outside. I feel like a broken record at this point, one that is stuck on big windows and expansive views. So although the neighbourhood kids running through the backyard can see the state of my kitchen at all times through the wall of glass, it also means that I can see my own kids and enjoy the seasons, the blue skies and breezes while I finish cooking supper or doing the dishes before bedtime. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and in Active House Centennial Park it literally is.